Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
After 6 years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee went on to pursue her first love of photography. Driven by her passion, Lee worked with friends to establish a photo gallery known as 2902 Gallery, and co-founded the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), an international photography biennale, both in 2008. Because of her daring vision and her contributions to the Singapore arts community, in 2010 she received an arts award from the Japan Chamber of Commerce & Trade. In 2013, she went on a curatorial study trip to Germany, supported by Goethe-Institut Singapore & National Arts Council.
In 2013, SIPF received seed grants from the Arts Council to further develop programming for photography education in Singapore. In 2014, Lee and her team created an independent creative container art space call DECK, which provided a platform and residency program for photographers. DECK was awarded the 2015 President’s Design Award (Singapore) for its innovative design & impact on the arts community, and in 2016, DECK was one of the three visual arts space in Singapore to receive an NAC Major Company Grant to develop its organization ability and program for photography.
Since 2008, Lee has curated & organized over 35 photography exhibitions, both in Singapore and overseas. In 2014, she curated Flux: Contemporary Photography from China at ArtScience Museum, Singapore. Recent curatorial projects at DECK include a special photobook exhibition with Steidl publishing, and a solo exhibition of works by Daido Moriyama. Lee regularly gives talks on professional development for photographers, and participates as a juror and portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.