Conversation with photographers Wendy Marijnissen, Ali Sultan and Wei Leng Tay

13/11/20154:00 pm-6:00 pm
Habib University

Wendy Marijnissen is a freelance documentary photographer from Belgium. Intuition and personal interests have always played a major role in her work and naturally guided Wendy to her subjects.

In 2008 she completed a long-term reportage in Israel and Palestine, using music to show a different part of daily life in this stressful and violent region. In the summer of 2009 she covered the East-Jerusalem evictions and later that year went to Pakistan for the first time. For the following 3 years Wendy worked in Pakistan focusing mainly on photographing the hardships of pregnancy and childbirth here. From fistula, traditional midwifes to a camp pregnancy after the devastating floods displaced millions of people in the country. Part of this work in Pakistan was used for the ‘End Fistula campaign’ of the UNFPA.

Marijnissen work has appeared in media like Le Monde, Arte, De Standaard, L’Express, De Morgen, De Tijd, The Jordan Times, Le Vif/L’Express, Worldpulse, The Eyes, Queries etc.

Ali Sultan is a painter and photographer who lives and works in Lahore. His photographs have always been preoccupied by the urban landscape and objects that encompass it. While his earlier paintings were abstract and concerned with paint’s seductive tangible nature, his current work has drifted towards a much more sparse style and figuration. Sultan’s photographs have been published in several Pakistani and Indian magazines and has exhibited paintings both in Lahore and Karachi.

Wei Leng Tay is an artist based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Working predominantly with photography and sound, Tay’s practice considers how socio-economics, history, family and the state intersect with notions of displacement and the self. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in institutions such as ARTER – Space for Art, Istanbul, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, National University of Singapore Museum, Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, Kosovo, and the Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Bandung, Indonesia.

*Sultan and Tay are photographers-in-residence with the Vasl Arts Association.