Singapore is well known for its highly developed market economy, which thrives on avowed meritocracy and high levels of competitiveness.
Singapore is well known for its highly developed market economy, which thrives on avowed meritocracy and high levels of competitiveness. Yet, despite the veneer of social mobility, there are labour sectors which are reliant on the persistence of traditional expectations of how women should appear, speak, and act. Through exploring industries related to physical beauty, this photographic series uses the tradition of documentary storytelling to consider the pressures placed on women's bodies and the performativity of gender. All In Her Day's Work gathers narratives from working women as a way to open up possible new perspectives of the “ideal beauty” that many of them strive for. [ About The Artist ] Charmaine Poh (傅秀璇) is a Singaporean-Chinese documentary photographer and artist whose works are concerned with memory, gender, youth, and solitude. Based in Singapore, she works with narratives across Asia. [ Conversation with Charmaine Poh ] Saturday, 20 January 2018 2pm