With 800 works, 105 artists and eight free exhibitions, it’s tough to decide what to catch. Here are a few exhibitions at the top of our must-see list.

Ao Guo Xing: The Ode of Happiness

This work highlights the derelict wasteland of abandoned amusement parks in a rapidly modernizing China. Through images of these void spaces, Ao poses the question of whether happiness is attainable in a nation governed by mass consumerism.

Miti Ruangkritya: Thai Politics No. 3

Miti Ruangkritya’s exhibition features images taken from graffiti-filled election posters along the streets of Bangkok. The vandalism of these posters reflects ongoing tensions between supporters of the Pheu Thai and the Democrat party and the volatility surrounding Thai politics in general.

Lau Chi-Chung: After School

Hong Kong photographer Lau Chi-Chung presents a poignant series on the rapid changes in a city as seen through the eyes of school children. Lau’s works question the efficacy of pedagogy in keeping up with a world that’s constantly on the move.

Colosses by Fabrice Fouillet

Fabrice Fouillet’s Colosses studies the nature of monumental statues as immortalized works of art. Choosing to photograph these monuments from a detached perspective, the French photographer studies their excessiveness and symbolic functions.

Luca Zanier: Corridors of Power

Deconstructing familiar places and settings, Luca Zanier’s photos document major political centers such as United Nations Headquarters in New York and emphasize the link between power, space and the ability of decision makers to effect key changes around the globe.

Industrial structures: Bernd and Hilla Becher

Established German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher gained international recognition for their extensive work on architectural forms referred to as “anonymous sculptures”—vernacular structures such as water towers, blast furnaces, coal mine tipples—as means to an illuminating study on the relationship between form and function.

The Singapore International Photography Festival is running from Oct 3-Nov 30. For more info, click here.