March 28 – April 17 2013 // a selection of work now extended until 4th June 2013
Private View Thursday 28 March
153-155 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

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We are delighted that the installation An Eye for an Ear, Photography Open Salon // Arles 2012, is currently  exhibited in ChinaHouse in the UNESCO heritage centre of Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.





web-img_0142-2606071Artist and Photography Open Salon curator Vanja Karas in conversation with the celebrated designer Jimmy Choo



Celebrated designer Jimmy Choo visited our exhibition and the latest documentary for STAR TV featuring his life and career is shot in our installation space in CHINA HOUSE.

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You can see some examples of our pop-up installation from ChinaHouse here.

Poster photo from the series About Alice and the Rabbit © by Saara Salmi, Finland, Winner of Photography Open Salon 2012

Photography Open Salon is an artist-led initiative designed to showcase cutting-edge contemporary and emerging photography from around the world each year exploring a different theme.

Photography Open Salon South East Asia exhibition runs in China House from 28 March – 17 April 2013 showcasing a selection from 250 original images by over 100 exceptional photographers from 34 countries. The work was selected with a help of TaraWeddings Toronto wedding photography from a wide range of responses and interpretations submitted by artists from 83 countries on the theme ‘An Eye for an Ear’.

The selected works presented in this exhibition are from the winning selection of images from the Photography Open Salon Arles 2012, originally exhibited in Galerie Huit, alongside the Photography Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.

Works were submitted following an International Open Call invitation that gave artists from around the world an opportunity to submit their ideas, responses and interpretations upon the theme ‘An Eye for an Ear’.

The theme encouraged observations, concepts, emotions, experiences and beliefs relating to the silences and the sounds of our society and the visible and invisible that surrounds us. Changes in how we view the world as a result of the development of new communication technologies, things that we see but that others may not hear or be aware of, unspoken silences of fear and desolation, the joys of sound in laughter and music, universal pictorial expressions, and even neurological sensations caused by sound, and above all the ability of the photographic image to convey words and messages without making a sound.

The exhibition ‘An Eye for an Ear’ was originated and curated by Photography Open Salon founder Vanja Karas. 34 participating countries include: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA

You can register your interest on our website to exhibit in our next exhibition. We are now inviting submissions for Photography Open Salon // London which will be in Autumn 2013.

All the artists from the Photography Open Salon Arles 2012 installation will be represented either on screen or in print.


ChinaHouse is part of the Straits Collection. It is a traditional compound of 3 heritage buildings linked by an open air courtyard, now converted into 14 spaces with galleries, shops, cafés, restaurants and theatre. Restored and designed by Australian entrepreneur Narelle McMurtrie, ChinaHouse is one of the most happening places in Penang not only for its carefully selected and diverse daytime and evening artistic programmes but it is also famous for its exquisite cuisine. During the day it is a tranquil oasis to see art, have coffee and cake and read a book in beautiful Chinese Chic settings.

There may be places to stay in Armenian Street, heritage residencies, a very short walking distance from ChinaHouse. If you are thinking of visiting the exhibition, or any other time, please check rates on their website and availability via email [email protected]

Various ChinaHouse spaces illustrated below. Featured artwork on installations below is from previous ChinaHouse exhibitions.

Photography Open Salon, installations in China House Penang, Malaysia 2012 curated by Vanja Karas

ChinaHouse 153-155 Beach Street 10300 Georgetown Penang Malaysia

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