Creative Conversations/digital: Anton Gautama with Gwen Lee

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A conversation with artist Anton Gautama and curator Gwen Lee

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Artist Anton Gautama will join curator and co-founder of the Singapore International Photography Festival, Gwen Lee, for a conversation focusing on Gautama’s series "Home Sweet Home" (2016–17), which is included in FotoFest’s current exhibition, "Public Life: Home and the people who live there."

"Home Sweet Home" by Anton Gautama is a documentary photographic series comprised of interior views of the live/work spaces of Indo-Chinese migrant families living in Southeast Asia. Gautama’s works highlight the ways in which a migrant’s diasporic traditions become enmeshed with national identity by drawing attention to domestic spaces where commercial business is conducted and that are filled with both Chinese and Indonesian artifacts, décor, and cultural objects. Gautama’s images ask the viewer to consider how these spaces reflect the lives of those who dwell in them and the ways cultural identity is formed and reformed by migration.

A live Q&A with the audience will follow the discussion. Questions may be submitted via the chat interface on Zoom or YouTube.

This event will be broadcast live on Zoom and on FotoFest’s YouTube Channel. Advanced registration is required to attend the Zoom webinar. To watch the event via YouTube, visit

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Anton Gautama is an artist living and working in Surabaya, Indonesia. His work has been exhibited at museums, galleries, and festivals around the globe including the Ballarat International Foto Biennial, Australia; FotoFest Brazil, Porto Alegre; the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland; and the Goethe Institut Jakarta, Indonesia among many others. His work has been published by renowned publications including LensCulture, National Geographic Travel, and PDN magazine. Guatama’s publications include Pabean Passage (2016) and Home Sweet Home (2017). In addition to his arts practice, Guatama is the Director of a private photography gallery in Malang and is the founder of ALFALINK, a prominent overseas education consultancy with branches throughout Indonesia.

After six years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee pursued her first love of photography and co-founded Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) — a biennale international photography platform. She was recognized for her contribution to the Singapore arts community in 2010 by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Trade. In 2013 she embarked on curatorial research in Germany supported by Goethe-Institut Singapore and National Arts Council. In 2014, Lee and the SIPF team built an independent art space called “DECK” to provide a year-round platform and residency program for photographers in Singapore. DECK received the Singapore President’s Design Award 2015 and in 2016 received the National Arts Council Major Company Grant. Lee has curated and organized over 60 photography international exhibitions including Flux: Contemporary Photography from China at Art Science Museum and solo exhibitions of Daido Moriyama and Araki Nobuyoshi. She has also served as a jury member and portfolio reviewer in various platforms including FORMAT, KL PHOTO Award, KG+, DIPEChina, Houston Fotofestival, Daegul Photo Biennale, Les Rencontres d’Arles and Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Image: Anton Gautama, "The Dining Room," 2017. From the series "Home Sweet Home," 2016–17. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.

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