Duality and identity have always been the notions in Debbie Tea’s work. In a very personal manner, she relates her thoughts and feelings to her surroundings. Yet from a distant, she sees the individuals, beliefs and daily happenings around her as anonymities that need to be investigated and solved. 

Many of her works rather result in an in-depth assessment than in an absolution. Thus, encouraging her audience to cleverly observe further, which inevitably connects them even deeper with her. 

More recently, her artistic practice includes challenging herself in questioning the role of digital photography, which involves digital camera, photo-editing software and herself as the person who operates.


Debbie Tea is an Indonesian photo artist who graduated with a BA Degree in animation from RMIT University (2006) and won John Clang’s Mentorship Program Competition (2011) before moving to Amsterdam, The Netherlands to complete a BFA in photography at Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2013). Tea was selected as one of the New Dutch Photography Talent 2013. Recent exhibitions include ‘Kallenbach X GUP’ (2013) at Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam, ‘TRANSMIT’ (2012) in Amsterdam and Brussels, ‘Paradise Lost’ (2011) in Singapore. Her works have been featured in various publications such as NOT TODAY Magazine (Taiwan), WERK Magazine - COMME des GARÇONS (Singapore), GUP Magazine (The Netherlands), Waterfall (Taiwan), and Bung! (Indonesia). Online publications include Booooooom!, ArtAsiaPacific, Flak Photo, Unless you will, Mossless, Humble Arts Foundation, among many others. Gallery representation is with GUP Gallery, Amsterdam.


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