Panel – Photography, The Way Forward

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Overseas organisation partners come together in this panel to chat about future plans and focuses, on photography’s development as an medium and how collective work and collaboration can aid in the form’s prosperity.

© Edwin Chuk Yin Man for HKIPF


Chelsea Chua (Objectifs);


Ha Dao (Matca);


Jessica Lim (Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops);


Elias Redstone (PHOTO Australia);


Liang-Pin Tsao (Lightbox Photo Library)

Speakers’ Bio

Chelsea Chua is Programme Director at Objectifs, a non-profit visual arts centre in Singapore focused on photography and film. Since its establishment in 2003, Objectifs has sought to cultivate original voices in visual storytelling, and inspire and broaden perspectives through the power of the image.


In addition to overseeing programmes and exhibitions at the centre, Chelsea frequently works directly with artists, photographers, curators and filmmakers across Southeast Asia to develop projects such as exhibitions, talks and mentorships. She was the curator of Stories That Matter, Objectifs’ annual documentary programme, and leads developmental platforms such as the Objectifs Documentary Awards, Curator Open Call and the centre’s residency programmes. She has worked in Singapore’s arts and cultural scene for over 15 years.


Ha Dao (1995) is a photographer and artist based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Drawn by the quiet drama in everyday life, she started out making images that take an imaginative approach to the documentary genre and are built upon close observations mixed with loose associations, often through the lens of gender and sexuality. Her current practice incorporates multimedia and explores stories of love on the margin. Her works have been showcased at Higashikawa Bunka Gallery (Japan), Manzi Art Space (Vietnam), Xie Zilong Museum (China) and Objectifs Centre of Photography & Film (Singapore), and featured in the British Journal of Photography, Photoworks, Trans Asia Photography Journal, among others. She received the 38th Higashikawa Photography Award and the Prince Claus Foundation’s Seed Award. Since 2017, Ha has been running Matca (, an independent initiative dedicated to opening conversations around photography in Vietnam.


Jessica Lim is currently the director of Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (APFW), a non-profit association based in Cambodia. She has spent the past 15 years, and most part of her professional career, working to provide support and opportunities to visual storytellers in the majority world. Her move to Cambodia built on her previous experience with Drik Picture Library in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a media organisation uniquely dedicated to advocating for social equality, where she served as a news and photo editor and photographer liaison. She majored in journalism and graduated from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore in 2006.


Jessica is currently based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where on any given day there is a good chance of meeting water buffalos.


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.


Born and raised in Taiwan, Liang-Pin Tsao is an artist based in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds an MFA degree from Pratt Institute, and is the recipient of Fulbright Grant, New York Residency Program sponsored by the Ministry of Culture Taiwan, and Paris Photography Exchange Program sponsored by French Office in Taipei, among others. His recent works, “Becoming ‧ Taiwanese,” investigate the Chinese Martyrs’ Shrines in Taiwan and the relational tension between colonial history, self-identity and value awareness especially in light of transitional justice and biopolitics.


Liang also devotes himself to public service and open culture. In 2016, he established Lightbox Photo Library, a non-for-profit organization, which is free and open to all. Employed as a method, Lightbox strives to preserve, disseminate and advance local photographic perspectives and creative practices through various kinds of public programs and educational projects, aiming to practice the values of intellectual freedom, cultural equity and the co-creation of photographic culture.




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