Photography and Southeast Asia
History and Practice
Scheduled speakers subject to change.
Thy Phu, Keynote Speaker
Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto, Scarborough
Thy Phu is a Distinguished Professor of Race, Diaspora, and Visual Justice at the University of Toronto. She is the author of two books, Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture and Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam. She is also co-editor of three book volumes: Feeling Photography, Refugee States, and the forthcoming Cold War Camera.
Director, School of Art and Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Arizona Arts
Colin Blakely is the Director of the School of Art at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the University of Arizona in July 2015, he was Department head and Full Professor of Photography at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI, where he was on the faculty for 14 years. As Director, Colin leads a school of 34 faculty and 11 staff in a school with approximately 550 majors and programs in Art History, Studio Art and Art and Visual Culture Education. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Arts Administrators (as Treasurer) and until recently the College Art Association (as Secretary and Acting Treasurer).
Colin’s work has been shown at Fotofest Houston, the Society for Contemporary Photography, the Pingyao International Photography Festival, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Photographic Center Northwest and the Jen Bekman Gallery. Colin was a runner-up for the 2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize and a Winter 2007 Hot Shot. Publications include Pause to Begin, Photography Quarterly, and The Humble Collectors’ Guide to Emerging Art Photography. He received his B.A. from Williams College with a double major in Math and Studio Art, and his M.F.A. in Photography from the University of New Mexico.
Texas Tech University
Dr. Kevin Chua is Associate Professor of Art History at Texas Tech University, USA. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 2005, and teaches on a wide range of 18th- and 19th-century European and Southeast Asian art. He has published in journals and magazines such as Art History, Representations, Artforum, Third Text, Yishu, nonsite, and FOCAS, and has curated the exhibitions Assembling Animal Communication at the Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, and Wolfcamp Catalogue, at the University of Texas Permian Basin. He is currently working on a book on Southeast Asian modernism.
Meg Jackson Fox
Curator, Center for Creative Photography
Meg Jackson Fox is an educator, curator, and programmer based in the Sonoran Desert. She currently serves as Curator of Interdisciplinary and Community Practices at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Prior to that, Jackson Fox was Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Art at the University of Denver. Her professional life has brought her to work in a variety of cultural scenes, including Berlin, Washington D.C., London, Memphis, Sarajevo, Mexico City, Phoenix and Tucson.
Jackson Fox’s interests lie in contemporary visual culture, experimental storytelling, and community collaborations, and she has contributed to publications, exhibitions, lectures and symposia nationally and internationally. Jackson Fox holds a PhD in Contemporary Art and Critical Theory from the University of Arizona; a MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University, jointly convened with Sotheby’s Institute-London; and a MA in Modern European History from the University of Tennessee.
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Jeehey Kim is an assistant professor of Art History at the University of Arizona, where she teaches the history of photography. She is currently working on two book projects: one on the history of Korean photography and the other on funerary portrait photography in East Asia. Her book Photography and Korea will be forthcoming in the Spring of 2023.
She has been writing articles on vernacular photographic practices as well as on documentary films and visual culture in relation to the Cold War and gender politics in East Asia. She is a member of the editorial board of Trans Asia Photography. At the University of Arizona, she launched a series of symposia on Asian photography with the Center for Creative Photography, starting with the one on Korean and Taiwanese photography in the Spring of 2022.
Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong
Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong is a British-Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico City, and currently based in Los Angeles. His work is included in museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Galleries of Scotland, and the National Gallery of Canada. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Rome Prize recipient. His books include History Images (Steidl, 2005), Horizons (Hatje Cantz, 2014), and Paris, Novembre (Steidl, forthcoming).
Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Republic of the Philippines
Isa Lorenzo is the founder and co-director of Silverlens Galleries (2004, Manila; 2022, New York City). She takes the lead role in artist management, sales, and programming, including special projects and art fairs. She has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining the professional structure of the gallery, finding the right opportunities for artists, and keeping in close contact with the different members of the art world, locally and internationally.
Deakin University, Australia
Susie Protschky is Associate Professor in History at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia), and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She is author of the prize-winning book, Photographic Subjects: Monarchy and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia (2019), as well as Images of the Tropics (2011), and editor of Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-Colonial Indonesia (2015) and (with Tom van den Berge), Modern Times in Southeast Asia, c1920s–1970s (2018).
Interim Director, Center for Creative Photography
Staci Santa began her University of Arizona career at UApresents in 2001. She left in 2006 to serve as the executive director for the Merced County Arts Council and manage a multidisciplinary venue. In 2012, Staci happily returned to the university, where she is now the interim director of the Center for Creative Photography and managing director of Arizona Arts Live.
Prior to her university career, Staci earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University. She worked in homeless advocacy, coordinated a senior volunteer program, and served as a house manager for myriad professional and amateur theatres. In her free time, Staci manages an Airbnb and loves spending time with her family.
National Gallery of Singapore
Charmaine Toh received her PhD from the University of Melbourne and is Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore. Her research primarily looks at modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia, with a focus on photography. She is currently working on the exhibition Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia, an ambitious survey of the medium which will open at the Gallery in Dec 2022.
She is the author of Imagining Singapore: Pictorial Photography from 1950s to 1970s, forthcoming with Brill Books. Her essay on K.F. Wong is in the Routledge anthology, Survey Practices and Landscape Photography Across the Globe. Previously, Charmaine was the Programme Director at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film where she played a pivotal role in revitalising the gallery programme. She also co-curated the 2013 Singapore Biennale.
Lund University, Sweden
Karin Zackari holds PhD. in Human Rights, Department of History, Lund University. Zackari’s work is on human rights history in Thailand, with a special focus on visual practices in public spaces. She writes about nationalism, various expressions of state violence, and human rights movements.