What is Contemporary Photography?

This has been quite a talking point amongst Brunei Forever Forum, eversince some of us has been selected and invited to showcase our work in Seoul, Korea for the annual ASEAN-KOREA exhibition for last 2 years running.

In respond to this, last weekend the BFFs  organised the Contemporary Photography talk at the  Rainforest Gallery presented by my good friend Zhuang Wubin, a photographer, writer and researcher focusing on South East Asia contemporary photography practices.  This is a first for the monthly BFF talk to collaborate with a prominent gallery in the local art scene. A very big Thank You to Doris Chann  and Denis Chann, the owners of the Rainforest gallery for willing to host the talk and Lisa our BFF admin for organising.  This event has been long plan to coincide with Wubin’s and finally, to present his ‘Contemporary Practices in South East Asia.’

I first know Wubin after taking part in the ASEAN-Korea exhibition in Seoul in May 2009,  thru several emails and a phone call eventually. He was  introduced by my Cambodian friend and well known artist , Ratana Vandy. He was doing a his research on Contemporary photography in South East Asia, interviewing and doing his research on the contemporary landscape in Brunei. I told him after Seoul, contemporary photography open up my eyes on the value and impact of it, unfortunately in Brunei we have no galleries to showcase, no independent platform so most artist or photographers showcase their work online, blogs and flickr.


I have been pushing this event for a while mainly because simply I want it to stir, educate and open up the eyes of our talent and local artist that we have  and what  defines contemporary. The talk had a good solid turnout mostly of young photograpers and inspiring artists. I have been a focal person and is continuing this role with the ASEAN Korea centre to bridge up and coming Brunei artists. What’s next will be an event to coach and work with artists on the subject of contemporary photography.



Doris, owner of the gallery.

All photo credits to Mr. Kulimpapat

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