Panel – Photo Festivals & Making Space

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A dialogue between representatives of PHOTO Australia and host organiser HKIPF on the joys and challenges of running photo festivals, making and hosting space for image-makers, and the significance in cultivating connections with fellow organisers and creatives.

© Edwin Chuk Yin Man for HKIPF


Janet Fong (Hong Kong International Photo Festival);


Elias Redstone (PHOTO Australia)

Speakers’ Bio

Janet Fong Man Yee is a Research Assistant Professor at Academy of Visual Arts (AVA), Hong Kong Baptist University. Before she joined AVA in 2020, she has nearly 25 years of work experience in the contemporary art scene and has worked with a number of notable organisations including CAFA Art Museum at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Osage (Art Foundation and Gallery), University Museum and Art Gallery at University of Hong Kong, 1a Space, New York Klein Sun Art Project and Moving Art Museum. Since 2011, she has also planned a series of art exhibitions related to scrutiny of the cultural identity of Hong Kong and its changes towards the rest of the world in a contemporary context. A curator since 2005, Janet has curated numerous exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Shanghai, Chengdu, Seoul…etc. in the last 15 years.



Elias Redstone is the Founder and Artistic Director of PHOTO Australia and PHOTO International Festival of Photography, Melbourne. He has a track record of initiating and delivering innovative cultural programs in collaboration with institutions such as MoMA, Storefront for Art and Architecture and the London Festival of Architecture. As an independent curator, Elias has conceived and delivered critically-acclaimed exhibitions including Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age (2014) at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, with Berenice Abbott, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky and Ed Ruscha, amongst others. He curated Chen Wei: The Club (2017) at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, and the touring exhibition Archizines (2011-15). He was Curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale and Senior Curator at the Architecture Foundation, London. His Phaidon book Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography features fifty artists including Annie Leibovitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Catherine Opie and Thomas Ruff. He is currently Australia Editor for Wallpaper* and has edited publications for Prestel, Sternberg Press and Bedford Press, acted as a contributing editor for Arena Homme Plus and GQ Style, and written for international media including The New York Times.


PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography will take place in Melbourne from 1 to 24 March 2024.




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