Zhuang Wubin (b. 1978, Singapore) is a writer, curator and artist.
As a writer/curator, Zhuang focuses on the photographic practices in Southeast Asia. A 2010 recipient of the research grant from Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam), Zhuang is an editorial board member of Trans-Asia Photography Review, a journal published by the Hampshire College and the University of Michigan Scholarly Publication Office.
Zhuang is a recipient of the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship 2017 (for the duration of December 2017 to June 2018) in Singapore. He has been invited to research residency programmes at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2017), Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2015) and Institute Technology of Bandung (2013). He is the contributing curator of the biennial Chiang Mai Photo Festival (2015, 2017).
Published by NUS Press, Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey (2016) is his fourth book.
As an artist, Zhuang uses photography and text to visualise the Sinophone communities in Southeast Asia.
Zhuang has made presentations, exhibited work, curated shows and taught classes at: Heritage Space, Hanoi (2017); Lightbox Photo Library, Taipei (2017); Department of Sociology, National Chengchi University, Taipei (2017); Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2017); Sin Pin Pier-Absolutely Art Space, Kaohsiung (2017); Taipei National University of the Arts (2017); MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art, National Taipei University of Education (2017); Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University (2017); Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (2017); NUS Museum, Singapore (2017); Doctoral Program in Art Creation and Theory, Tainan National University of the Arts (2017); Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan (2017); Photo Symposium Asia, Kuala Lumpur (2017); MA in Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2017); Hong Kong Art School (2017); Penang Institute, Malaysia (2017); Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (2017); Art Stage Singapore 2017; Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2016); Hong Kong Design Institute (2016); Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, Bangkok (2016, 2017); MA in Asian Art Histories, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017); Lianzhou Foto 2015, Guangdong; Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University (2015); Sabah Museum (2015); Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2014); ZeroStation, Saigon (2013, 2014); Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore (2012-14); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Run Amok Gallery, Penang (2013); Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (2013); MA in Visual Culture Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2013); Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2012); Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore (2012); Lumenvisum, JCCAC, Hong Kong (2012, 2017); Photoquai 2011, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta (2011); Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung (2011); 2nd Luang Prabang International Image Biennial (2010); Jakarta International Photo Summit, National Gallery of Indonesia (2010); Antara Photojournalism Gallery, Jakarta (2010); Yangon Photo Festival (2009); National Institute of Fine Arts, Vientiane (2009); Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, Phnom Penh (2009); National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2008); Month of Photography, Galeri CCCL Surabaya (2008); Ballina Arts Centre, Ireland (2007); Chobi Mela III, Drik Gallery, Dhaka (2004).
Archive of my writings on photography and other subject matters
Selected interviews and reviews of my work
Published books (single-author)
Zhuang, Wubin. Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey. Singapore: NUS Press, 2016.
Zhuang, Wubin. Chinese Muslims in Indonesia. Singapore: Select Books, 2011.
[Essays by Charles Coppel, Enin Supriyanto and Yenny Zannuba Wahid]
Zhuang, Wubin. Ten Chinatowns of Southeast Asia. Edited by Oscar Motuloh. Jakarta: Antara Photojournalism Gallery, 2010.
[Essay by Oscar Motuloh; In Bahasa Indonesia]
Zhuang, Wubin. Chinatowns in a Globalizing Southeast Asia. Edited by Leo Suryadinata. Singapore: Chinese Heritage Centre, 2009.
[Essays by Ang Cher Kiat]
Documentation of my teaching work
Commissions, Grants, Awards
2017 Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship, Singapore
2012 For the Chinese Muslims in Indonesia exhibition at Lumenvisum, Hong Kong; Singapore Internationale Grant
2010 For the publication of Chinese Muslims in Indonesia; Lee Foundation, Singapore
2010 Research grant for Contemporary Photography in Southeast Asia; Prince Claus Fund, The Netherlands
2008 Commission to document the Chinatowns in Southeast Asia; Chinese Heritage Centre, Singapore
2003 Mervyn Neo Scholarship, Ogilvy and Mather, Singapore
2002 Chinese Language Journalism Fund, Singapore Press Holdings