A New Gaze 3 - 2021

Process and jury

«A New Gaze 3» is dedicated to contemporary photography in East and Southeast Asia. Working with 30 nominators, we invited 80 young artists from this region to submit a project proposal related to the subject «Responsibility in the Anthropocene.»

Within the scope of the nomination process, it is important to us to ensure the widest possible geographical coverage and a broad range of photographic perspectives. For «A New Gaze 3» this was possible only thanks to the support of experts in the local photography and art scene.

We would like to thank the following for their assistance:

Nao Amino, Lau Ching Ping, Kyungwoo Chun, Sawako Fukai, Yumi Goto, Lorenz Helbling, Liu Heung Shing, Hai Jie, Kana Kawanishi, Jeong Kim, Sunyoung Kim, Hiroko Komatsu, Kalen Lee Wing-Ki, Chen Leo, Gwen Lee, Miho Odaka, Pyungjong Park, Peter Pfrunder, Lucille Reyboz, Yoko Sawada, Chen Shen, Karen Smith, Song Sujong, Miwa Susuda, Gen Umezu, Margaret Wu, Zhuang Wubin, Paul Yeung, He Yining, and Duan Yutin.


In December 2019, our jury examined a total of 55 project submissions during a meeting spanning two days. The jury consisted of the members of the Vontobel Art Commission as well as Luisa Baselgia (Vontobel Art Collection Curator) and Urs Stahel (consultant/curator). It was further supplemented by two external jury members and experts in photography in East and Southeast Asia: Gwen Lee (Singapore) and He Yining (China).


Gwen Lee

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Gwen Lee is the director of DECK, an independent and innovative space for art in Singapore. In 2008, she established the 2902 Gallery with some friends, also setting up the Singapore International Photography Festival in the same year. She is still responsible for the artistic direction of the latter. She has curated and organized numerous photography exhibitions, including «Flux: Contemporary Photography from China» (2014, ArtScience Museum) and a photobook exhibition in collaboration with Steidl (2016, DECK). In 2010, she received the Art Prize of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce for her contribution to Singapore’s art scene. Her expertise is regularly called upon as a consultant, jury member, and portfolio reviewer both in Asia and Europe.

He Yining

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He Yining is a Chinese author and curator. Her research focuses on contemporary photography. She is a graduate of the London College of Communication at the University of Arts London. Yining’s exhibitions have been displayed in art museums and at photography festivals in China and Europe. Among others, she curated «The Abode of Anamnesis» (2019, OCAT Institute), «The 3rd Beijing Photo Biennal» (2018, CAFA Art Museum), and «The Port and the Image: Documenting China’s Harbor Cities» (2017, China Port Museum). In 2019, she was invited to Switzerland by Pro Helvetia Shanghai as a Research Resident and took part in “Plat(t)form” at Photo Museum Winterthur as an expert.