IN 2015, Alasdair Foster was invited by the organisers of GuatePhoto festival to create an exhibition introducing some examples of Asian art photography to the country. The resulting exhibition, ‘To Seem and to Be’ was an exploration of the challenges of how photography, as an art of surfaces, might lead viewers to seek deeper insights into the underlying nature of events. As such, these approaches did not rely on notions of documentary evidence, but rather sought out or constructed scenes where there was more to consider than simply what first met the eye.

The artists featured in the exhibition were: Maika Elan (Vietnam); Sohrab Hura (India); Jannatul Mawa (Bangladesh); Atta Kim (Republic of Korea); Wilfred Lim (Malaysia); Maleonn Ma (China); Manit Sriwanichpoom (Thailand) and Vandy Rattana (Cambodia).


WHILE IN ANTIGUA GUATEMALA, Alasdair Foster took part in a panel discussion on the future of photography and reviewed the portfolios of artists from Central America.

GuatePhoto is a triennial event run by the innovative young team who established La Fototeca in Guatemala City.

‘To Seem and to Be was presented by GuatePhoto at the Museo de Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua Guatemala in November 2015. You can read more about the exhibition here…


Upper: © Maleonn Ma ‘A researcher of photography history and his wife, considering themselves as aliens who never grow up. In Beijing.’ 2012
Lower Left: © Manit Sriwanichpoom ‘Pink Man in Paradise No.2’ 2003
Lower Right: © Jannatul Mawa Bangladesh ‘35-year-old Santa Isla (right) is a middle-class housewife, living in the Mohammadpur district of Dhaka. Asma Khatun (left) is a 50-year-old housemaid who has been working in the city for last 2 years to sustain her family. Employing a housemaid is a common practice for the both the middle and upper classes in Dhaka.’ 2011

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