Exploring Humanity at Prix Pictet Human

Prix Pictet Human Photo Exhibition | SOTA Art Gallery
Prix Pictet Human Photo Exhibition | SOTA Art Gallery

I posted about this SOTA Art Gallery photo exhibition recently. To recap, Prix Pictet is the world’s leading award for photography and sustainability, founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group with the goal of using the power of photography to highlight critical issues of global sustainability.

Inaugurated in 2008, there have so far been ten cycles of the award, with 2024, the first time Prix Pictet is exhibiting in Singapore under the theme of Human. Happening at SOTA Art Gallery from Jan 8 to 29, Prix Pictet Human is also part of the upcoming Singapore Art Week 2024, free for all to enjoy and explore.

I visited on Thursday afternoon and it was not quite the experience I expected; I meant that in a good way. Sustainability and the repercussions of environmental catastrophe are prevalent concerns, but as befitting the name of the exhibition, the exhibition is far more about shared humanity and the human experience. Not just how our world is being devastated by greed and irresponsibility.

There is also a certain veiled joy. The works of twelve shortlisted photographers are on showcase and each series shares a grim concern—war, exploitation, survival, etc. But it’s not all pessimistic throughout and there’s always an unspoken celebration of human resilience wherever you look.

I strongly recommend all to visit this exhibition before it closes on Jan 29. By the way, if you’re unfamiliar, SOTA is just a minute’s walk from Dhoby Ghaut Station.

Needless to say, this free photo exhibition is a wonderful tutorial for photography students too—you’ll see superb applications of classic concepts like thirds and the like. For students of other disciplines, who knows? Some of the themes examined, such as Vanessa Winship’s showcase of the “Just Before” moments of Anatolian schoolgirls, might just inspire your next masterpiece.

Prix Pictet Human – Some Snapshots

Once again, Prix Pictet Human is happening at SOTA Art Gallery from Jan 8 to 29, 2024. Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays, 12:00 – 20:00.

The airy gallery itself is modern with an industrial flavour, quite apt for a photo showcase of this nature. It is also conveniently located on the second floor of the campus. Right beside the steps facing Rendezvous Hotel.

Twelve series of photos are exhibited and all are accompanied by well-written introductions. Well-written as in all get right to the point and are free of stuffy artspeak. I enjoyed reading them as much as viewing the photos.
Richard Renaldi | Disturbed Harmonies
This series by Richard Renaldi, titled Disturbed Harmonies, places men beside nature to highlight how dudes have “gone badly out of true” in a world where male supremacy has actually never been foreordained.
A Toxic State | Alessandro Cinque
A Toxic State by Alessandro Cinque laments the plight of the Quechua people, who have endured centuries of environmental and racial exploitation, first by colonists and now by corporations. It is one of the grimest series of the exhibition.
Firefly by Yael Martínez
Firefly by Yael Martínez, an “essay on resilience” is the most unusual series. Pinpricks on the photos allow underlying light to shine through, but only at certain angles. This creates a dazzling effect that is absolutely magical.

Update May 2024: Prix Pictet Human Travels to Beijing

If you missed the Singaporean exhibition, and would be traveling to Beijing in the coming months, Prix Pictet Human at KWM artcenter from May 31 to July 25, 2024.

Much like the Singaporean exhibition, the works of 12 leading shortlisted photographers will be showcased.


KWM artcenter is at: 201, Tower East, World Financial Center, No.1 Middle Road, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

For more information on Prix Pictet Human, including introductions of the winners (Gauri Gill and Federico Ríos Escobar), please read my previous post on the exhibition.

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Exploring humanity and sustainability concerns at the Prix Pictet Human photo exhibition, happening at SOTA Art Gallery from Jan 8 to 29, 2024.

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