“I am interested in research-based photography works that narrate our social historical past and contemporary conditions – and works that utilize archives and found materials to investigate identity, migratory history and sense of belonging.”
After 6 years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee went on to pursue her first love for photography. Driven by passion for photography, she co-founded Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), an international photography platform and biennale, in 2008. For her daring vision, she received an arts award from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for her contribution to the Singapore arts community in 2010.
In 2013, Gwen participated in a curatorial study trip in Germany supported by the Goethe-Institut Singapore and the National Arts Council. She was also a visiting curator during Art Weekend Aarhus 2017.
In 2013, SIPF received seed grants from the arts council to further develop photography education in Singapore. In 2014, Gwen and her team created an independent creative container art space called “DECK”, an exhibition platform, photobook library and residency programme for photographers.
DECK was awarded the President’s Design Award 2015 (Singapore) for its innovative design and impact on the arts community. In 2016, DECK was one of three visual arts spaces in Singapore to receive the National Arts Council’s Major Company Grant to develop its organisation ability and programme for photography.
Since 2008, Gwen has curated and organised numerous photography exhibitions both in Singapore and overseas. In 2014, she curated Flux: Contemporary Photography from China at the Art Science Museum. In 2016, she curated a special photobook exhibition with Steidl publishing at DECK and a solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama at DECK.
On a regular basis, Gwen gives talks on professional development for photographers and participates as a jury member and portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.