Asep Topan, Bas Vroege (photo by Johan Nieuwenhuize), and Ng Swan Ti (photo by Yusni Aziz).

JIPFest announces its curatorial team ahead of the fourth edition. Asep Topan returns as curator following the festival’s 2022 edition. Asep will be working on the curatorial narrative on Generation alongside Bas Vroege, founder of Paradox, not-for-profit production house for multiplatform documentary photography based in the Netherlands. Bas’ involvement in JIPFest is supported by Erasmus Huis, one of the festival’s longtime partners.

Asep has worked in Indonesia’s art education and exhibition, while Bas brings over 30 years of experience in producing photography projects for various platforms – including exhibition, book, film, website, and apps. He has curated a large number of multiplatform festivals and exhibitions. Their expertise will spark insightful discussions on issues surrounding generations, the festival’s focus for this year.

As co-curators, Asep and Bas collaborate with Exhibition Director Ng Swan Ti in selecting photo works to exhibit, working on their public presentation, as well as opening up conversations on generation in the contexts of social and politics through curatorial notes and open discussions during the festival.

Asep Topan (Curator, Indonesia)
Asep Topan is a curator and educator based in Jakarta. He graduated from the master’s program in Curatorship at Bandung Institute of Technology (2017) and undergraduate program at Jakarta Institute of the Arts (2011). For the last 10 years, he has served as a lecturer at the Fine Art School at Jakarta Institute of the Arts, where he teaches Indonesian history of art, exhibition making, and art activism. As a curator, he was part of the curatorial team at Jakarta Biennale 2015, where he went on to be Vice Director for its 17th edition (2016-18). He held the position of curator at Museum MACAN, Jakarta (2018-21). In 2015-16, he joined de Appel Curatorial Program in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, then co-curated a project titled ‘You Must Make Your Death Public’ at the de Appel Arts Centre.

Bas Vroege (Curator, the Netherlands)
Bas Vroege is the director of Paradox, a not-for-profit production house for multiplatform documentary photography that he founded in 1993. In the last 30 years, Paradox has worked on exhibitions, books, films, websites, and apps with social agenda to be exhibited in various locations, including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), Museo Nacional de Bellas Arte (Buenos Aires), and Bergen-Belsen Memorial Centre (Germany). He previously served as the director for Perspektief, a photography centre in Rotterdam (1985-92), and Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam (1988-92). Besides his curatorial practice, he works as a lecturer in editorial and curatorial practice at the Masters in Film and Photographic Studies of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Ng Swan Ti (Exhibition Director, Indonesia)
Swan Ti, Managing Director of PannaFoto Institute, started her career as a photographer in 2000. Recently, she has been involved in various photography initiatives as co-curator Vision 20/20: Community exhibition (Jakopič Gallery, 2020), Erratic Dream (PhMuseum, 2021), Tracing Inherited History (Hong Kong International Photo Festival, 2021) and one of the mentors for Women Photograph Mentorship Class (2022) and the Objectifs Documentary Award 2023.

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