MEET THE JUDGES
Silke Schmickl is a curator at National Gallery Singapore. She was previously curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, a researcher at the German Art History Center in Paris and the co-founding director of Lowave, a Paris/Singapore based curatorial platform and publishing house. She has initiated and directed numerous art projects dedicated to emerging art scenes in the Middle East, Africa, India, Turkey and Singapore, and has curated exhibitions in partnership with museums and biennials in Singapore, Paris, Guangzhou, Beirut and Düsseldorf.
Silke received her Masters in Art History from Sorbonne University for her research on Thomas Struth’s Museum Photographs. The text was published as a book in 2005.
Julia Durkin is the Public Participation Director, Auckland Festival of Photography in New Zealand.
In 2004, she founded the annual Auckland Festival of Photography in New Zealand, and started a 24 hour people’s competition, Auckland Photo Day. In 2010 she was instrumental in the Auckland Festival of Photography joining as a founding member of the Asia Pacific Photoforum, a regional grouping of international photography festivals in NZ, Australia, Asia and Pacific Rim that seeks to further the presence of photography across the Asia Pacific. The following year, the Festival introduced an Annual Commission for a photographer to create new work for the Festival and this very successful project is now in it’s 8th year. This was a significant development in the support of photography in New Zealand.
Julia has served as nominator, portfolio reviewer, judge and presenter in numerous photography festival around the world, including Nikon Photo Contest, Kaunas Photo, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Angkor Photo Festival, Prix Pictet Award, Lou Stoumen Prize USA, Higashikawa International Photography Festival, China, Indian Photo Festival, Obscura Photo Festival and Chobi Mela.
Ihiro Hayami is the founder director of T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL (Tokyo International Photography Festival) and is also the director of Tokyo Institute of Photography.
Ihiro was the former chief editor of Japanese Photography Magazine, “PHaT PHOTO”(2012-2014), and was the gallery director of RINGCUBE in Ginza, Tokyo. His selected curatorial exhibitions include, Alejandro Chaskielberg’s “Otsuchi Future Memories” (2016), Alex Prager’s “WEEK-END” (2010).
Over the past few years, he has served as juror, lecturer, and reviewer at various international photo festivals and photography universities. Ihiro is based in Tokyo.
Gwen Lee co-founded the Singapore International Photography Festival in 2008 that is entering its 6th biennale edition in September 2018. In 2014 Lee co-founded DECK, an independent container art space dedicated to photography. Prior to DECK, she has worked in the museum industry, and the co-founder and managing director of 2902 Gallery.
Under her directorship, 2902 Gallery was instrumental in showcasing contemporary Southeast Asian photography in Singapore and international art fairs. In 2010, she was nominated and awarded with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Culture Award for her contribution to the Singapore arts scene. She has curated various photography showcases in Asia, and has been invited as a jury member in Europe & Asia. In the past 5 years, she has been participating actively as a portfolio reviewer in UK, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore. In recent years, Lee has participated in curatorial programmes in Germany and Denmark. In 2016, Lee curated the first solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama in Singapore tracing Moriyama’s early works between 60s to 80s. Most recently, she has completed a project with Steidl Publishing with 8 photobooks by 8 Asian photographers releasing this year Autumn/Winter 2017.
Fadhil Kamarudin is a photographer and full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Art & Design, UiTM, Puncak Alam. Starting his career in commercial photography since 2004, Fadhil continues to do commercial works to date. After being offered to be a part of the faculty member in the Photography Department of Art & Design since 2010, Fadhil has been balancing teaching and practicing photography, having the best experience on both sides of the industry.
Holding a Hons. Degree in Photography & Creative Imaging, and MA in Visual Communication from UiTM, Fadhil has contributed to the development of the Photography curriculum in compliance with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Fadhil started his photography business since 2004, and has served many established companies under his studio brand ‘The Loft Studio Asia'.
Fadhil actively participates in photography exhibitions, in both Malaysia and Indonesia. His latest exhibition was held at the National Art Gallery last August (2017) called ‘Foto Cetak'. Fadhil is currently working on his latest book, ‘The Light that Creates' sharing his commercial photography work collection and the process involved in image making. Fadhil currently resides in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.