ALVIN WONG BOON JUN
Alvin Wong Boon Jun (b. 1998) is a Malaysia-based photographer with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts in Cinematography & Production from the Communication University of China in Beijing. Often touched by the beauty around him, Boon Jun has developed the passion to express the complex human relationships he observes through photography.
His work frequently combines digital composites with analogue and alternative procedures, as well as elements of mixed media. His primary interests are origin and identity, as well as tracing memory, emotions, time, and culture change, which shifts our view of history.
Since 2018, Boon Jun's photographic works have been exhibited in galleries and photo festivals locally and around the Asia region. In 2022, he was nominated The 2nd BANSHAN PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD TOP 30+. In 2021, his "Grandfather's Journey: A Chinese Immigrant Story" work is awarded the Excellent Student Work Award by the 2021 Pingyao International Photography Festival.
Aiman Saror (b.1995 Ipoh) is an aspiring visual artist looking to explore a new medium from his usual charcoal and paint. He acquired his Bachelors in Fine Arts at UiTM Shah Alam, Malaysia and is currently working as a gallery assistant at Ur-Mu, Kuala Lumpur.
Set to become an artist at an early age, Aiman would often flip through magazines and comics, which later led to an interest in photography. Equipped with a painting major, Aiman used photography as a tool for visual practice to better understand form and composition which are fundamental to all artistry.
Taking inspiration from the works of Jeff Wall and Andreas Gursky, Aiman explores mundane subjects -often found objects- and works on them, experimenting with the element of space, time and composition. The idea of ‘randomness’ intrigued him as it would spark conversations depending on the viewers’ perceptions and views.
Alisa Martynova (b. 1994 in Orenburg, Russia) is a documentary photographer currently based in Florence, Italy. After finishing her studies in Foreign Philology in her native country, in 2019 she graduated from a three-year professional photography program at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence,
She received awards such as Premio Combat (2019), Canon Young Photographers award (2019), World Press Photo award in Portraits Series section (2021), Korridor Preis für Dokumentarfotografie award in collaboration with the 20er magazine (2022) and UNSTUCK award from Magenta Foundation (2022). She was nominated for Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomers Award twice (2020 and 2022), and was shortlisted for the Photolux Award (2019), PH museum women photographers grant (2019) and Aftermath Grant (2022).
Her work was exhibited in festivals and galleries such as Photo Brussels (2021, Belgium), Cortona on the Move (2021, Italy), Encontros da Imagem (2021, Portugal), Planches Contact, Tremplin Jeunes Talents (2021, France), La Gacilly photography festival (2022, France), Italian Culture Institute of Addis Abeba (2022, Ethiopia), Fisheye gallery (2022, France), Reich für die Insel gallery (2022, Austria) and Leica galleries (2023, Italy).
Her work is published by Internazionale, D-Repubblica, Leica Fotografie International, Fisheye magazine and 20er magazine.
Andrés Pérez (Venezuela, b.1993) is a photographer and non-binary visual artist. His studies in art and film, at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, built a sensitivity for the image in his work.
In 2019 they migrated to Bogota-Colombia and this trip coincided with the decision to start their photographic career. As a diverse and migrant person, their work focuses on gender identity narratives, memory, binary violence and queer bodies. They address other issues related to the anti-patriarchal narrative and the deconstruction of the heteronormative with the interest of preserving a more diverse memory. As a storyteller, they not only has the need to narrate about others, but they are also interested in speaking from an intimate and autobiographical place.
Their visual language is a mix between portraiture, documentary narratives, fashion and expanded photography. During 2021 they were part of the Semillero Migrante program, a space in which they developed their first project Espectro. They are currently working on a second chapter of Dead Family, a photographic archive project with a focus on gender.
CHEN LONG WEN
Chen Long Wen is a self-taught photographer whose creative journey has taken him from street photography to large-format photography and project-based work.
As a street photographer, he honed his eye to capture the essence of urban life. However, Chen felt limited by the constraints of the genre. Determined to push and expand his artistic boundaries, he made the bold decision to switch to large-format photography. This move allowed him to create more immersive and detailed images.
Through project-based work, Chen explores a range of themes and subjects, from culture to historical issues.
Federico Estol (b. 1981) is an Uruguayan photographer and artist based in Montevideo. He currently works as a visual storyteller producing stories in Latin America. His long-term projects focus on the relationship between cultural identity, inequality and social justice. He is also the artistic director of San José Foto Festival and editor of El Ministerio Ediciones photobook publishing house.
Estol holds a bachelor's degree in photography from the UPC-Barcelona Tech University and a degree in popular education. His work has garnered awards including Emergentes award at Encontros da Imagem festival (Portugal), New Visión award at Cortona on the Move festival (Italy), Photolucida award of the Oregon Center of Photography (USA), FELIFA Best International Photobook award (Argentina) and Expert Award at the Lishui Photography Museum (China).
FION HUNG CHING YAN
Fion Hung-Ching Yan (b. 1993) studied at Hong Kong Baptist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in Visual Arts degree in 2016. She also completed a Master’s degree in Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London in 2022. Hung works primarily in photography, image, and text, and presents them in the form of installations and books.
Her photography practice focuses on challenging the way of experiencing daily life and the embodiment of self through traumatic memories by creating invisible realities in her images.
In her recent works ‘To Be Used Someday’, ‘A Month With You’ and ‘The Skeletons In The Closet’, Hung explores self-identity by challenging the stereotypes of Chinese familial morals. ‘To Be Used Someday’ received a WMA Young Talent Award following her BA graduation. ‘The Skeletons In The Closet’ was nominated for the Sproxton Award following her MA graduation. Other works of hers were exhibited internationally, such as in the Chiang Mai Photo Festival 2017 in Thailand, Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2020 in Hong Kong, FORMAT Photo Festival 2020 in Derby, England and Copenhagen Photo Festival 2020 in Denmark.
Francesco was born in Aosta in 1986 and he’s based in Milan. After a bachelor's degree in industrial design at the Politecnico University of Milan, he completely devoted himself to photography and now he works mainly on personal long-term projects, always looking for a point of contact between his documentary background and a strong interest in metaphors and symbolism.
In 2016 he was selected by the British Journal of Photography in order to be part of “The Talent Issue: Ones to Watch" and in 2020 Francesco was shortlisted for the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie”. In 2021 he's been one of the nominees for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
His pictures have been published in important magazines and newspapers worldwide including Washington Post, Financial Times, Le Monde and many others while his projects have been featured on renowned photography platforms such as American Suburb X and Time Lightbox.
Francesco’s first book “The Flood”, published by Void, has been released in 2021.
JIMMI WING KA HO
Jimmi Wing Ka Ho (b. 1993) is a photographer based in Hong Kong and the UK. His works document historical landscapes and portraits in the community, investigating political issues and social changes. His latest project, 'So Close And Yet So Far Away,' documents Hong Kong society through diverse personal identities and geographic locations.
He executed his vision to address immigration issues related to political change and the social environment. His works have been published at The Photographers’ Gallery, The Guardian, The British Journal of Photography, Lensculture, and many photography festivals such as Kyotographie and PHmuseum. Also, he is the recipient of The Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary for 2021/22 and one of the C/O Berlin Talent award nominees.
Joy Chan, is a Malaysian visual artist who works in visual art, documentary and installation based in Los Angeles. Her experience of being a Malaysian who has moved abroad for most of her life has raised her curiosity in the concepts of space, home as well as the sense of belonging.
With the background in journalism, she dives into sociological observation and participatory events with film and video as her allies to confront perspectives and perceptions as well as to reflect on the personal and collective worlds. Her visual artwork has been featured by media such as VICE Asia, VoyageLA, The Current Thing and has been screened and awarded by international film festivals, such as SeaShorts, Indie Film Fest, MOMA Beijing, and others.
JUSTIN TAY REN ZHI
Justin Tay, 25 has been photographing for a few years but mostly for personal enjoyment. For his personal work, he shoots exclusively on 35mm and 120 films.
His greatest achievement is the fact that his idol, the legendary Steve McCurry followed him back on Instagram! This is Justin's first-ever photography project and first-ever open-call competition submission. He aspires to one day produce great, meaningful photography.
Kasia Ślesińska (b.1997) is a documentary photographer based in Poland. She graduated in photography from the Academy of Photography in Kraków. She has a Master's degree in Cultural Studies and New Media from Pedagogical University of Kraków.
She's currently studying photography at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic. In 2020 Kasia received an award at the Grand Press Photo in the Photo Young Picture Story category and won 2nd place at the same competition in 2022 in the Climate and Responsibility Picture Story category.
Her work has also been published in journals and magazines such as Gazeta Wyborcza, Polityka, Press and Pismo.
Lau Cabantous is a photographer from France who lived in many places such as Senegal, Martinique, Southwest France, Paris, Italy and now Bali.
She uses flowers and nature to create surreal and dreamy visuals without manipulation or photomontage in order to capture the complexity of our modern world - such as ecological issues, pandemics, the intervention of humankind in nature and the genetic alteration of nature.
While being inspired by her surroundings and the urban world (besides art, fashion, music, and film) she also works with themes such as spirituality and its connection to nature.
Moe Suzuki was born in Tokyo and studied photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
Upon returning to Tokyo after the Great Eastern Earthquake in 2011, Moe self-taught bookbinding skills and started a career as a visual artist, creating numerous personal projects of hand-bound art books. Her primary medium is photography, which is mixed with archives, illustrations and film to tell complex narratives in the books and installations.
Her creativity is driven by attempts at the visual expression of intangible things such as memories and landscapes that are transformed by the passage of time, changes in the environment, urban development, disability and relationships within the community.
Both her artist and trade editions of ‘Sokohi’ have received worldwide recognition, and has been exhibited in Tokyo, Kyoto, Singapore, Australia, Northern Ireland and France.
Nicholas Sheum is an interior designer and a casual film photographer. His photography journey began with the realization that in today's digitally saturated world, instant gratification has become the norm. Seeking something different, film photography offered a unique sense of serendipity and tranquillity through its inherent uncertainty and mystery.
Driven by a fascination with abstract ideas and concepts, Nicholas frequently embarks on personal passion projects. The inception of this collaborative project stemmed from a fundamental question: Can communication be visualized?
With the help of a photographer friend, they have had the privilege of connecting with inspiring individuals in the deaf community and gaining profound insights into their lives through their poetries. His objective is to provide them a voice through his artworks while also inspiring fellow creatives to seek beauty in the marginalized.
For Rebecca, photography is a durable but fragile medium, at the intersection of our singular and collective existences. By archiving fragments of our daily lives, she is making an attempt to capture our collective memory, transmitting in the process a meta-photographic reflection on the staging of our identities.
In all her work, Rebecca raises the issue of an important paradox of digital society, which gives the image a place that is both colossal and ephemeral. By playing with the medium and its durability, by reworking forgotten clichés or by revisiting outdated genres such as the family portrait, she questions our relationship with time and the materiality of the images - and imprints - that we leave behind.
In her world, photography is a relationship with light and the passing of time, a relationship with oneself and with others, as well as a social or aesthetic gesture charged with meaning.
SHAN SHAN LIM
Shan Shan Lim is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Kuala Lumpur. Her works draw inspiration from a spectrum of cultures from her childhood in Malaysia and India to her bachelor's in London. She specialised in weave and print at Central Saint Martins, earning a BA in Textile Design. She returned home to Malaysia and founded her design studio in 2017.
Even though she has experimented with photography from a young age, she never pursued it professionally. "Borders" is her first collection embracing the medium.
Sinsee Ho is a self-taught photographer based in Kuala Lumpur. She is an active contributor to top stock media agencies with many of her works licensed commercially.
When not shooting for stock, she enjoys street photography as she likes to be surprised by what she finds and how to interpret them. She believes it’s not so much what one sees that matters but how one sees them. Her photograph, Lockdown but Not Disconnected taken in February 2021 won the Grand Prize in the prestigious 19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest and 2nd prize for the People/Lifestyle Category in the International Photography Awards (IPA) 2022.
Theyvapaalan Jayaratnam is a Tamil nonbinary transgender being. As a multidisciplinary artist, Theyvapaalan was grounded in performance, photography and film.
Some of the notable credits include Riwayat (2017); SIX (2018) a devised play about the dissecting and stopping of time and the passing of one's father; Skin and Flowers (2018), T H R E E (2018) as part of Tiga 3 by Five Arts Centre, Plays Without Words or Action (2019) and S K I N (2021), a poetic documentary which was co-created and co-produced by Theyvapaalan.
The most recent ventures include த Thannir (2022), a single-channel video projected on mixed
media about the murder of A. Ganapathy for the Ilham Art Show created with Samuel Tin alongside Syamsul Azhar and Fahmi Sani; and translating interviews into photographs for Site and Space in Southeast Asia, a research project funded by the Getty Foundation.
Yudai Ninomiya is a Japanese photographer whose projects explore a cognitive world that combines a narrative of misunderstandings between himself and others.
His interest is in how our perception originating from nature, architecture and objects affects memory, sensation and imagination. He deliberately uses perceptional errors resulting from his physical condition as a source of inspiration for his projects. He is currently engaged in projects that combine experimentally created optical phenomena with his own memories.
One such project examines how a person undergoing progressive narrowing of the visual field gains new perception. He was awarded Jurors’ pick at the Lensculture Black and White Photography Award 2022.