Annie Jael Kwan

Annie Jael Kwan is a curator and researcher whose exhibition-making, programming, publication and teaching practice is located at the intersection of contemporary art, cultural and pedagogical activism with an interest in archives, feminist, queer and alternative histories and knowledges, collective practice and solidarity. She is founder of Something Human, a curatorial platform focusing on intersectional live art that launched the landmark Southeast Asia Performance Collection in London in 2017, co-founder of Asia-Art-Activism, the interdisciplinary research network exploring the paradigm of “Asia” and its proximities in art and activism. She is the recipient of a Diverse Actions Leadership Award 2019, and the founding council member of Asia Forum 2021/2022 that will have its inaugural programme in Venice in 2021 at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.

Southeast Asia Performance Collection, launched by Something Human at the Live Art Development Agency 2017. Production photo from ‘I am LGB’ (2016), The LGB Society of Mind. Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016. Photo by Wan Zhong Ha
Till We Meet Again IRL, Best Wishes, Asia-Art-Activism, 2020, co-curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Arianna Mercado, Cuong Pham and Howl Yuan, with the support of the Bagri Foundation and Arts Council England. Image courtesy of Yarli Allison.
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  1. Thank you Annie, I feel very inspired hearing your journey and the work you are doing with your collective.

    I am working on a project in Kent in UK and hearing you has ignited ideas around opening more dialogue with my partners to see how art can help address questions around equality and inclusion.

  2. […] Annie Jael Kwan spoke to us from Singapore. In 2020, she was in Japan for research when the pandemic hit and was unable to leave for some time. All along she was intending to stop in Singapore on her way back from Japan to her home in the U.K. When she was eventually able to leave Japan in July she traveled to Singapore only to become stuck there when the U.K. went into lockdown. Since 2018, Kwan has worked on a project called Asia Art Activism. This complex and diverse work brings more visibility to all parts of Asia and, in the words of the artist, “complicates the idea of Asia.” The project is a growing collaboration with about 100 contributors at this time. To hear more about this work and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  3. […] Annie Jael Kwan spoke to us from Singapore. In 2020, she was in Japan for research when the pandemic hit and was unable to leave for some time. All along she was intending to stop in Singapore on her way back from Japan to her home in the U.K. When she was eventually able to leave Japan in July she traveled to Singapore only to become stuck there when the U.K. went into lockdown. Since 2018, Kwan has worked on a project called Asia Art Activism. This complex and diverse work brings more visibility to all parts of Asia and, in the words of the artist, “complicates the idea of Asia.” The project is a growing collaboration with about 100 contributors at this time. To hear more about this work and more, listen to the complete interview. […]