About Kerstin Duell

Dr. Kerstin Duell documents people at the heart of socio-political challenges in Asia.

Kerstin studied and worked in New Zealand, Seville, Berlin, London, Paris, Bangkok, Singapore, Burma/ Myanmar, and spent longer periods of time in Cambodia and India, including Northeast India. She has been based in Southeast Asia since 2002.

Kerstin was nominated for the BMW Foundation’s ‘Europe-Asia Young Leaders forum’ in 2011 and the Asia-Europe Foundation’s ‘Asia-Europe Emerging Photographers’ forum’ in 2009 and awarded with a number of grants for photographic and academic work.

Her experiences as a female photographer across cultures made her one of the five protagonists in Anna-Christin Mallon’s documentary 'Colour Wash and Spin'. She was featured among others in CNet Asia and Asian Photography.

Olympus Singapore has been sponsoring Kerstin’s equipment since 2006.

Her photos were shown in various solo exhibitions, including at the United Nations UNESCAP and the Goethe Institute Bangkok, the Buddhist Library and Asia Research Institute in Singapore and the TAZ Tageszeitung in Berlin. Group exhibitions included the Pansodan Gallery Yangon, Goethe Institute Hanoi, Annexe Gallery Kuala Lumpur, National Democratic Institute Jakarta and the Prince of Songkla University Pattani.

 Photo Exhibitions held


August 2014

Prince of Songkla University, Communication Sciences, Pattani, Thailand

‘Myanmar in Transition’

July 2014

TAZ (die Tageszeitung) Café, Berlin

‘Der Aufbruch in Myanmar’

July 2012

Pansodan Gallery, Yangon

Group exhibitionArt for Peace Festival’

June 2009

Goethe Institute, Hanoi

Group exhibition of ASEF Emerging photographers ‘Creative Economies’

May 2009

Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Group exhibition of ASEF Emerging photographers ‘Creative Economies’

June 2008

Asia Research Institute, Singapore

UN Vesak Day Hanoi: Transitions, Hope and Silences’

May 2008

National Democratic Institute, Jakarta

Group exhibitionGlobal Monk Tour’ on Burma’ (contributed photos and texts)

November 2005

Indochine Restaurant, Singapore

Early hours in Old Delhi’ - Artist of the month

October 2005

Buddhist Library, Singapore

Worship under the Golden Stupa: Burmese Buddhism’

September 2005

The Photographers’ Gallery at MICA, Singapore

The Thin Red Line: Children orphaned by AIDS in Cambodia and Thailand’

March 2004

Goethe Institute, Bangkok

Buddha’s Footprints in Burma’

Human Rights Day 2003

United Nations UNESCAP, Bangkok

‘Encounters in Myanmar’ - digital show