Selection Panel for the Objectifs Documentary Award 2019
Ian Teh (Mentor for Emerging Category)
Mainly focused on environmental, social and political issues, Ian Teh explores society’s history and transformation through human action and impact. His work has been exhibited at photo biennales and art galleries internationally, and is part of permanent collections of institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Hood Museum. In 2018, he was awarded a travel grant from the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting and presented his work on climate change at the 2018 National Geographic Photography Seminar. He is also the recipient of the International Photoreporter Grant 2016, the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography 2014 and the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund in 2011. He has published three monographs; Undercurrents(2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). Since 2013, he has exhibited as well as conducted masterclasses at Obscura Festival of Photography (Malaysia), and has been a tutor at Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia) since 2014. Teh is a member of the British agency, Panos Pictures.
Wei Leng Tay (Curator for Open Category)
Wei Leng Tay is an artist working with mediums including photography, audio, video and installation. Her works begin with conversations and interactions with people, and draw links between how desires, personal relationships and histories are tied to family, society and the state. Tay’s most recent four-part solo exhibition, Crossings, was presented at NUS Museum (2018-2019). She has collaborated with organisations such as ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Vasl Artists’ Association, Pakistan, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre through group exhibitions and residencies, and her works can be found in museum collections in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. She is in the collective project Sightlines (2016-) which questions collectivity through conversation and image-making. Previously, Tay worked as Deputy Picture Editor for TIME Magazine’s Asia edition and as a photo editor for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong. She holds an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
Curator, National Gallery Singapore
Sam I-shan is a curator at National Gallery Singapore working on modern and contemporary Singapore art with an interest in time-based media. She was previously curator at Singapore Art Museum and Esplanade Visual Arts, focusing on the moving image and photography from Southeast Asia and wider Asia. At Esplanade, she curated and managed new commissions and site-specific exhibitions with a range of regional artists. Her exhibitions at SAM include Afterimage: Contemporary Photography in Southeast Asia (2014) and the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize (2015). She headed film and moving image initiatives at SAM including Artist Films, while co-programming the Southeast Asian Film Festival (2011–15). Sam was the curator for the inaugural Objectifs Documentary Awards, where she worked with artist Mai Nguyen Anh on his show, 63 Years (Gửi anh Tuyền).
photographer, Founder of Invisible Photographer Asia
Kevin WY Lee is a photographer and creative director based in Singapore. He has worked in the creative industry in Asia and Australia for over 20 years. In 2010, he founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), an influential platform for Photography & Visual Arts in Asia. He has served as curator and jury for various festivals and programs, including the Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), WMA Masters Award (Hong Kong), Singapore International Photography Festival, Odessa/Batumi Photo Days Festival(Ukraine), Prix Pictet Award, and PhotoQuai Biennale (France), to name a few. He is also an adjunct lecturer (2018/2019) at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. In his own practice, Lee is interested in Singapore – her temperament, aesthetic and growing pains. A broader canvas is marked by a curiosity in mortality, and how people cope with the finiteness of being mortal.
Director & Co-founder, Objectifs
Emmeline Yong is a co-founder and director of Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film. Established in 2003, Objectifs has become regarded as one of the leading independent visual arts spaces in Southeast Asia, recognised for its efforts in nurturing artists and championing photography and film locally and internationally. Yong oversees the artistic direction and general management for the centre. She has served as a judge and nominator for several awards, including the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Magnum Foundation Fund. She has also curated several photography exhibitions including the annual Women in Photography exhibition at Objectifs, which features works by women photographers from Asia and around the world.