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we will have been young
Amrita Chandradas, Geric Cruz, Muhammad Fadli, Dwi Asrul Fajar, Khiev Kanel, Elliott Koon, Alvin Lau, Lee Chang Ming, Yu Yu Myint Than, Linh Pham, Watsamon Tri-yasakda, Dennese Victoria
08.03.2019 to 12.05.2019


Thursday, 7.03.2019 - 7:00 pm

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basis e.V. Gutleutstraße 8-12 60329 Frankfurt am Main

We are pleased to be presenting the group exhibition we will have been young at basis from March 8 to May 12, 2019. The opening is on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7 pm. The curator and all the artists will be present.

The group exhibition we will have been young shows twelve young photographic positions from eight countries in Southeast Asia that deal with questions of youth, identity and the ambivalence of the future. As visual photo essays, they illuminate social phenomena in the context of economic progress and globalization in the photographers' home countries and also arouse awareness of longings and injustices within these realities.

The photo series shown were created during the Photography Masterclass 2016/17 in Penang, Malaysia under the direction of Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse of the OSTKREUZ - Agentur der Fotografen. After stops in Jakarta, Singapore, Manila and Kuala Lumpur, among others, we will have been young can now be seen for the first time in Germany at basis in Frankfurt.

Artists: Alvin Lau, Amrita Chandradas, Muhammad Fadli, Dennese Victoria, Kanel Khiev, Dwi Asrul Fajar, Elliott Koon, Watsamon Tri-yasakda, Lee Chang Ming, Geric Cruz, Linh Pham, Yu Yu Myint Than

Curator: Vignes Balasingam
Coordination and programming Frankfurt: Laura Wünsche

10.03.2019, 4 pm: Perspectives on youth and identity in Southeast Asia. A panel discussion with curator Vignes Balasingam, selected artists and Dr. Amanda-Katherine Rath

08.05.2019, 7 pm: Lecture by Dr. Amanda-Katherine Rath (Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt)

exhibtion blog
A photo book (De/En) has been published by dienacht Publishing and is available at basis.


we will have been young is an exhibition of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography, in cooperation with the OSTKREUZ - Agentur der Fotografen and the Goethe-Institut.

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