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.


 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 exhibition ‘Art 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 exhibition ‘Global 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