Vignes Balasingam

Vignes Balasingam is a curator and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the director of the prestigious OBSCURA Festival of Photography. This website is a gallery of selected works from his personal and commercial photographic practice as well as links to current and past projects. Vignes Balasingam graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Contemporary Music Writing from the University of Westminster, London.

Corporate + Govt. Clientele

Deutsche Bank (Hong Kong)
NokiaSiemens (Malaysia)
Leighton Asia (Hong Kong)
Franklin Templeton (Malaysia)
Shell (Malaysia)
PEMANDU (Malaysia)
Sarawak Energy (Malaysia)
Ogilvy PR (Malaysia)
Siemens (Malaysia)
Draft FCB
Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development, Malaysia
Ministry of Federal Territories, Malaysia

Editorial

The New York Times
Financial Times
Getty Global Assignments
Mens Folio (Malaysia) KLUE (Malaysia)
Junk Magazine (Malaysia)
Cubes Magazine (Australia & Singapore)

Non-profit Clientele

Mercy Malaysia
UNHCR
UNICEF
Amnesty International Malaysia

Curriculum Vitae

2018

Curator
we will have been young, ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Curator
Confluence by Ian Teh

Judge
Open Walls Arles 2018

Director & Curator
OBSCURA Festival of Photogrpahy

Jury 
The Fence 2018

Jury
Travel Photographer Asia 2018

Moderator
In Conversation With Manit SriwanichpoomA+ Gallery

2017

Nominator
6x6 Global Talent Programme, World Press Photo

Creative Director, Workshop Mentor & Picture Editor
Children Without : UNICEF Report on Urban Child Poverty in Kuala Lumpur

Nominator
Getty Images-Instagram Grant 2017

Mentor
Master of Arts, Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia

Guest Curator
Jeon Ju International Photographhy Festival, South Korea

Jury
POPCAP African Prize for Contemporary Photography 2017

Guest Curator
Photo 17, Zürich, Switzerland

Director
OBSCURA Festival of Photography


CV


2018
Judge
Open Walls Arles 2018

2018
Jury 
The Fence 2018

2018
Jury
Travel Photographer Asia 2018

2018
Moderator
In Conversation With Manit Sriwanichpoom, A+ Gallery

2018
Director
OBSCURA Festival of Photography

2017
Nominator
6x6 Global Talent Programme, World Press Photo

2017
Creative Director, Workshop Mentor & Picture Editor
Children Without : UNICEF Report on Urban Child Poverty in Kuala Lumpur

2017
Nominator
Getty Images-Instagram Grant 2017

2017
Mentor
Master of Arts, Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia

2017
Guest Curator
Jeon Ju International Photographhy Festival, South Korea

2017
Jury
POPCAP African Prize for Contemporary Photography 2017

2017
Guest Curator
Photo 17, Zürich, Switzerland

2017
Director
OBSCURA Festival of Photography

2016
Jury
Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards 2016

2016
Curator
Songs From The Nusantara for The Chennai Photo Biennale.

2016
Jury
Travel Photographer Asia 2016

2016
Jury
POPCAP Award For African Photography 2016

2016
Director
OBSCURA Festival of Photography


2015
Lecture, A Quick Look at Photographs : The Active Role of Photography In Shaping Our Understanding of the World
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang

2015
PERSON(A)
Artistic Director
Group Exhibition, MAP KL, Publika, Malaysia

2015
Photographs From the Land, talk at The Nikon Center, Kuala Lumpur

2015
Take Photo for What
Talk at Yale University NUS Campus, Singapore 


2015
Exhibition Curator, Travel Photographer Asia

2015
Jury, POPCAP Award For African Photography 2015

2015
Director
OBSCURA Festival of Photography

2014
Produced, Co-Edited & Published Confluence, for Ian Teh (Agence Vu, Panos)

2014 
Guest Portfolio Reviewer
Angkor Photo Festival

2014
Director
OBSCURA Festival of Photography


2013 - Present
Advisory Panel, Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, Melbourne, Australia

2013 - Present
Director, OBSCURA Festival of Photography

2013 - Present
Director, Monsoon AIR (Artist In-residence)

2012
Head Curator, Fotoprojek

2009
Winner of the Golden Scarf
Foundry Photojournalism Workshops, Manali, India

2009
Winner
Best Album Artwork, 16th Malaysian Music Industry Awards (Anugerah Industri Muzik ke-16) 

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