All In Her Day’s Work by Charmaine Poh
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.
The exhibition is commissioned as part of M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2018: Let’s Walk.
Lily, beauty trainer (composite image), Charmaine Poh, 2017. Image courtesy of Charmaine Poh