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Vignes Balasingam

Director

OBSCURA Festival of Photography

biography

Vignes Balasingam is the director of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography and the Monsoon Artist In-Residence programme.

Through the 5 editions of the festival, he has curated over 40 exhibitions featuring international and Malaysian photographers, including works multi-award winning photographers. Vignes also  produced and co-edited Ian Teh’s third monograph, Confluence and is the Executive Director for we will have been young, a year-long travelling exhibition and book publication featuring 12 emerging artists from Southeast Asia. He juried the POPCAP Prize for African Contemporary Photography (2015) and curated the Travel Photographer Asia 2015 exhibition at MAP KL, Kuala Lumpur. He co-curated PERSON(A), a contemporary photography exhibition featuring 20 Malaysian artists in 2015. Vignes has been invited to speak at Yale-NUS in Singapore (2015), Stories From The Land, a lecture at the Nikon Centre in Kuala Lumpur (2015) and at Universiti Putra Malaysia (2015). He was jury for the POPCAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography 2016, the KL Photo Awards 2106 and Travel Photographer Asia 2016. Vignes also was a guest curator for the Chennai Photo Biennale 2016, Photo 17 Zürich 2017, Jeon-ju International Photo Festival 2017, in South Korea. He is presently an appointed mentor for the Masters in Photography programme at the Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia.