Zhuang Wubin is the major grantee of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2018–19.
Zhuang Wubin’s research project, “Resurfacing Hong Kong in Southeast Asia: Circulations of Photography from the 1930s to the Handover,” examines the historical connections between Hong Kong and Southeast Asia from the 1930s to the Handover in 1997. It focuses on the circulations of photography across the region as a means to rethink the histories, cultures, and politics of Hong Kong. As a hub for the publication and distribution of cultural materials for Chinese communities across Southeast Asia in the colonial era, Hong Kong hosts significant collections for the study of photography and its circulations across Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Southeast Asia, where the idea of “Chineseness” has been shaped.
Zhuang Wubin is a writer, curator, and artist based in Singapore. Zhuang’s published books include Shifting Currents: Glimpses of a Changing Nation (2018) and Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey (2016). Zhuang Wubin is a recipient of a research grant from Prince Claus Fund, The Netherlands (2010), and the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship, Singapore (2017). He has been invited to research residency programmes, including two residency programmes at Asia Art Archive—the Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project in 2018, and a Research Residency supported by Spring Workshop in 2015.
Jury for the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2018–19 include:
Peggy Wang, Assistant Professor, Art History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine, US
Huang Chien-Hung, Associate Professor of Art Theory, Taipei National University of the Arts
John Tain, Head of Research, Asia Art Archive
Anthony Yung, Researcher, Asia Art Archive