Jury


Zoher Abdoolcarim

Based in Hong Kong, Zoher Abdoolcarim was appointed as Asia Editor, TIME International, in June 2008 overseeing TIME’s award-winning Asia edition. Prior to this role, he was a senior editor at TIME Asia, a position he held since 2002 where he helped shape all aspects of TIME’s coverage of Asia. His cover stories include a June 2007 article on the 10th anniversary of the British handover of Hong Kong to China, a November 2011 lead essay comparing China and India, and a prologue on India ahead of its landmark May 2014 elections. Zoher also writes commentary on Asian affairs for TIME.

Prior to joining TIME Asia, Zoher was managing editor of Asiaweek and an editor at Singapore-owned Asian Business. Over the course of his career, Zoher has been a foreign correspondent based in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, with reporting assignments in the Philippines, India, Brunei and Hong Kong. He has been involved in watershed Asia stories including the Ninoy Aquino assassination, the ousters of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and former Indonesian President Suharto, the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, Hong Kong’s handover to China, the Asian financial crisis and the continuing impact of the rise of China on the region and the world.

Over the years, Zoher has interviewed many of Asia’s leaders. An ethnic Indian born and raised in Hong Kong, Zoher is a fluent Cantonese speaker and a British national. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kurt Chan

Chan Yuk Keung obtained his BA degree from the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in the US in the 80’s, he then joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1989 and taught there for over 25 years. Chan has participated in over 100 exhibitions, among which are “The 51st  Venice Biennale” and “The 2nd  Asia Pacific Art Triennial”. Chan was the chief editor for “Hong Kong Visual Art Yearbook” for several years, now the board member of ParaSite Art Space, Hong Kong Institute of Aesthetic Education; advisor of Asian Art Archive and Yale-China Association. His research interests are Hong Kong Art, Mixed Media and Public Art.

Clément Chéroux

Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Since 2013, Clément Chéroux has served as Chief Curator of the Department of Photography for the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and joined that museum as Curator of Photography in 2007. Prior to that, he lectured on the history of photography at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, the University of Paris III and the University of Lausanne, and served as executive editor of the magazine Études Photographiques published by the Société Française de photographie. Chéroux has also served as an independent curator. As author or editor, Chéroux has published more than 40 books and catalogs on photography and its history.

Chéroux earned a PhD in Art History from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, an MA in Aesthetics, Technology and Artistic Creation from the University of Paris VIII and a degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles. He was a visiting research fellow in the Art History Department at Princeton University and a guest scholar at the J. Paul Getty Museum Photography Department.

Chéroux was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (Knight) for the exhibition, Edvard Munch, the Modern Eye, the Nadar Award for Photography Book of the Year for La subversion des images, surréalism, photographie, film (with Quentin Bajac) and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult (with Andreas Fischer).

May Fung

May Fung created over 10 short experimental films between 1977 and 1985 and over 20 video works from 1986 onwards. She subsequently created video installations and pioneered  video art in theatre. Fung is passionate about the development of visual and performing arts, and received a fellowship from the Asian Culture Council for researching video art in New York in 1994. In 1999 Fung was awarded the Hong Kong Arts Development Council “Arts Development Scholarship” for video installation art. She has been an assessor and juror for various video and film festivals/exhibition in Hong Kong, and is now an examiner and advisor to the Home Affairs Bureau and Hong Kong Arts Development Council.  Fung is also the Chair of Art & Culture Outreach, a non-profit charitable arts organisation in Hong Kong and the honorary treasurer of Fresh Wave Film Festival Limited.

Yumi Goto

Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.

She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events.
She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is a curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.

Kevin WY Lee

Kevin WY Lee is a photographer and creative director based in Singapore. He participates vigorously in photography and art across the region as a practitioner, curator, producer and editor. In 2010, he founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), an influential platform for Photography & Visual Arts in Asia. Kevin has been a curator and nominator for various festivals and programs, including the Angkor Photo Festival, Prix Pictet Award and PhotoQuai Biennale. He has also served as a jury for international competitions including the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, Singapore Creative Circle Awards, and Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. Most recently, he authored the photobook Suddenly The Grass Became Greener.

Michael Wolf

Lives in Hong Kong
Born Munich, Germany

The focus of the German photographer Michael Wolf’s work is life in mega cities. Many of his projects document the architecture as well as the vernacular culture of metropolises. Wolf grew up in Canada, Europe and the United States, studying at UC Berkeley and at the Folkwang School with Otto Steinert in Essen, Germany. He moved to Hong Kong in 1994 where he worked for 8 years as contract photographer for Stern magazine.  Since 2001, Wolf has been focusing on his own projects, many of which have been published as books .

Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Venice Bienniale for Architecture, the Sao Paulo Biennial for Architecture,  Aperture Gallery, New York; Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland, Museum for Work in Hamburg, Germany, Kestner Museum, Hannover, Germany, Folkwang Museum, Germany, the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is held in many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, California; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum Folkwang, Essen, M+ Museum, Hong Kong, the German Museum for Architecture, Frankfurt, and the Heritage Museum, HK.

He has won first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition on two occasions (2005 & 2010) and an honorable mention (2011). In 2010 and 2016, Wolf was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet photography prize.

He has published more than 32 photo books including More HK Informal Seating Arrangements (Peperoni Press, 2015,) HK Umbrella (Peperoni Press, 2015,) HK Flora (Peperoni Press, 2014,)  HK Trilogy (Peperoni Press, 2013,)  Small God Big City (Hong Kong University Press, 2013,) Bottrop Ebel 1976 (Peperoni Press, 2012,) Tokyo  Compression Three (Peperoni Press/Asia One, 2012,) Architecture of Density (Peperoni Press/Asia One, 2012,)  Hong Kong Corner Houses  (Hong Kong University Press, 2011,)  Portraits (Superlabo, Japan, 2011,)  Tokyo Compression Revisited (Peperoni Press/Asia One, 2011,)  Real Fake Art   (Peperoni Press/Asia One, 2011,)  FY (Peperoni Press, 2010,) A Series of Unfortunate Events. (Peperoni Press, 2010,) Tokyo  Compression (Peperoni Press/Asia One, 2010,) Hongkong Inside Outside (Asia One/Peperoni Press, 2009,) The Transparent City (Aperture, 2008,) and Sitting in China (Steidl, 2002).