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Hester is a London based filmmaker, photographer and emerging curator with a particular interest in alternative means of documentary storytelling. She completed a BA in Film at the University of Westminster and a MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at UAL.

Working closely with the Chinese and East & Southeast Asian communities in the UK, her artistic and curatorial practice revolves around ideas of memory, historical erasure, migration and complex diasporic experiences. She has worked across mediums of sound, film and photography, including a commissioned project The Fabric of Sound with the ICA as part of the BBC New Creatives.  


In 2022, Hester co-founded Sine Screen弦影像, an emerging screening organisation dedicated to showcase independent documentaries from China and across East and Southeast Asia, with the aim to open up discussions around dominant representations of ESEA culture. 

Selected Exhibitions & Awards


Three Shadows Photography Award (shortlisted), Beijing 2024

New Contemporaries group exhibition, Camden Art Centre, London 2024 

New Contemporaries group exhibition, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool 2023

Royal Photographic Society IPE Awards (shortlisted) 2023

Screening as part of Liverpool Independent Biennial, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool 2023

OUTPUT Gallery Photography Open, The Bridewell Studios, Liverpool 2023

Lucky Number 8, The Bomb Factory, London, 2023

Current Obsessions, MA graduate show, London College of Communication, 2022 

BBC New Creatives showcase, ICA, 2022

Film & curation projects

Sine Screen x LSFF | Dreaming in Mother Tongue, 2024

Whose Homeland film season, 2023 

BFI London Film Festival shorts programme, 2023

Tomorrow's History shorts programme, Close-up cinema, 2023
Barbican Chronic Youth Film Festival, 2023 

A Kind of Queer Utopia - Queer East, 2023

Whose Homeland screening, FACT Liverpool 2022

Social media handle

Ig: @_retseh @sine_screen


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