Singapore-based French photographer, Jose Jeuland, will be holding his second photography exhibition this year at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – East Garden Gallery from April 19 to May 30 2019 (*Free Admission for Public). Titled “LONGEVITY OKINAWA”, the exhibition features the locals living in Okinawa aged between 89 to 106 years old and their secrets to longevity. At the exhibition, visitors can enjoy a short documentary film on a BenQ interactive flat panel.
With the people of Okinawa making up one of the highest count of centenarians in Japan, Jose has always been very intrigued by them. In April 2017, he made his way to Okinawa in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind their renowned longevity by encapsulating their thoughts and daily lives through photography. He did a lot of preparatory work prior to the trip, as the subjects were not the easiest to find. On top of that, English is not the main language in Okinawa, hence the language barrier posed as an obstacle in the aspect of communication.
Jose, along with his wife, Shanthi Jeuland, walked around an Okinawa town with a huge poster stating in Japanese that they were looking for old people to photograph. With the help of locals sharing the project on Facebook, which eventually got the attention of Okinawa Times and Okinawa Prefectural Government, the LONGEVITY OKINAWA project took flight.
Ikehara Tomi, 100 years old, the first lady Jose tried to photograph, was so emotional that she cried at the first meeting. Initially reserved, Mdm Tomi only felt comfortable letting her portrait taken after witnessing her friends loosening up to Jose.
Jose did his first photography exhibition in Singapore recently from 27 October to 27 November 2017. Titled “HAENYEO”, it was an exhibition featuring women divers of Jeju Island in South Korea. The exhibition was supported by UNESCO, Singapore National Commission for UNESCO, and the Embassy of The Republic of Korea.
LONGEVITY OKINAWA is organised by COCO PR & Communications and COCO Creative Studio, and is proudly sponsored by Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau and FUJIFILM Asia Pacific . The North Face is the official outdoor gear sponsor for Jose.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is the official venue sponsor of LONGEVITY OKINAWA. An avid supporter of the arts, heritage and culture, the hotel believes in providing an immersive experience for guests to enjoy the rich diversity of original content created by Singaporean and international artists.
Date: 19 April to 30 May 2019
Venue: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – East Garden Gallery
*Free Admission for Public