Gwen Lee
Portfolio Reviewer


The 5th Portfolio Review aims to bridge the distance between photographers, curators, critics and editors who are based in different continents around the world. Photographers will meet the reviewers of their choice one-on-one for discussion, advice and guidance on their existing works and career development.

Each participant can meet up to five or eight reviewers of their choice over three days. Each individual review session is 20 minutes long. Participants will be selected based on their submitted portfolios.

For the first time in the history of SIPF’s Portfolio Review sessions, one portfolio will be chosen by the panel of reviewers to be presented with the CAPA Prize for Best Portfolio. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of SGD$2,000 and have his/her portfolio featured on CAPA Asia, the best-selling magazine on photo and camera in Japan.

The prize will be presented on 9 October (Sunday), at the final session of the Evening Presentation.

About the Reviewer
Gwen Lee co-founded the Singapore International Photography Festival in 2008 that is entering its 5th biennale edition in September 2016. In 2014 Lee co-founded DECK, an independent container art space in Singapore.

After 6 years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee and her partners founded 2902 Gallery in 2008, a space in Singapore dedicated to photography. Under her directorship, 2902 Gallery is 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 art scene in Singapore. Lee has also contributed her time as an arts assessor and grant reviewer with National Arts Council. She has curated various photography showcases in Asia, and has been invited as a jury member in Europe & Asia. In the past 2 years, she has been participating actively as a portfolio reviewer in UK, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore. In 2013, Lee attended a curatorial study trip in Germany organised by the Goethe Institut (Singapore) and organised a Singapore showcase at Lianzhou Photo Festival in China. Most recently she have curated a special photobook exhibition with Steidl publishing at DECK. On regular basis, she gave talks on professional development for photographers, participated as a jury and portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.

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