CCA CURATOR MEETING 2012Let’s Talk About Art: Profile


Zoe Butt (Ho Chi Minh City) is Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, Vietnam’s most active independent contemporary art space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2007-2009 she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project – a multi-platform, international artist organization and ongoing art project based in Beijing, China. From 2001-2007 she was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia where she assisted in the development of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT). Recent projects include “A Transformative Disguise: Le Hoang Bich Phuong” (2012, San Art) “Erasure: Dinh Q Le” (2011, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney), and “Signs and Signals from the Periphery” (2011, Encuentro de Medellín MDE11, Colombia).

Gridthiya Gaweewong (Bangkok) is Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, and has contributed significantly to the development of contemporary art activities in the city. She has curated numerous exhibitions and films festival including “Bangkok Experimental Film Festival”(1997-2007), “Under Construction” (2002, Tokyo Opera City / Japan Foundation, Tokyo), “Politics of Fun” (2005, HKW, Berlin), “Saigon Open City” (2006-7, Vietnam), “Short Film Festival from Southeast Asia” (2009, Oberhausen), “Between Utopia and Dystopia” (2011, MUAC, Mexico City), “Primitive” (2011, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bangkok ).

Sumi Hayashi (Kobe) is an independent curator, and was a Curator of Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art from 1989 to March 2012. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including “Is This Art?” (1998), “Sleeping / Dreaming / Awakening” (2002), and solo shows by Robert Ryman (2004), Gerhard Richter (2005), and Mark Rothko (2009). In 2010, she was appointed as Commissioner for the Japanese participation in the 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh (Nawa Kohei was the participating artist and won a Grand Prize). In addition to organizing various art projects, she is now translating Mark Rothko: A Biography written by James E. B. Breslin, published in 1993.

Agung Hujatnikajennong (Bandung) works as Curator of Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung since 2001. He graduated with MA from the Faculty of Art and Design at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). Since 1999, inside and outside the country he has contributed to many publications as a writer, curated many exhibitions, and given lectures. He was one of the networking curators for the three successive events of Singapore Biennale since 2006 and jury for ASEAN New Media Art Competition in 2007. He was the curator for OK Video Festival in 2003, 2005 and 2011.

Yukie Kamiya (Hiroshima) is Chief Curator at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art since 2007. Previously, she served as Associate Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. The numerous exhibitions she has curated/co-curated worldwide include “Under Construction” (2002, Tokyo Opera City / Japan Foundation, Tokyo), “Adaptive Behavior” (2004, New Museum), “Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves’”(2007, ZKM, Karlsruhe), and solo shows by Cai Guo Qiang, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Martin Creed, Tadasu Takamine, Do Ho Suh and Simon Starling at the Hiroshima MoCA. Kamiya is also a contributor of “Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture“ (Phaidon, 2010) and serves as a visiting lecturer at Waseda University. She is currently co-curating “A 40-year journey of Japanese Contemporary Art (tentative title)” in Beijing and Seoul.

Heejin Kim (Seoul) is Curator, Director of Art Space Pool (2010 - present) and former curator of Insa Art Space (IAS), Seoul of Arts Council Korea from 2006 to 2009. Kim’s curatorial interest is institutional critique from the perspective of cultural politics, artists’ practice-oriented knowledge production, articulation of local creative languages and performative education in curating. Kim’s projects take various forms: collective research lab, dialogical discursive workshop and publication. Some of the project examples include “Dongducheon: A Walk to Remember, A Walk to Envision” (2007-08, New Museum, New York/IAS, Seoul), “John Bock: 2 handbags in a pickle” (2008, Arko Art Center, Seoul/IAS), “Unconquered: Critical Visions from South Korea” (2009, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City), “Tongue, Liberated!” (2008, IAS) and most recently, “Day of Confidence” (2010), “Yongik Kim” (2011) and “INTERFERENCE : Modern & Contemporary Korean Art Criticism Text Archive Anthology & Beyond.”

Aye Ko (Yangon) is an executive director of New Zero Art Space in Yangon, which he founded in 2008 as a space to promote public access to contemporary art. The space organizes free art class for local community, for both children and adults, and presents symposium and workshop with artists from outside Myanmar. While working as an artist who works with various mediums such as video and painting, Ko has organized many exhibitions and art programs, and also serves as an chief editor of “Fashion and New Wave” (art and literature) magazines.

Daravuth Ly (Phnom Penh/Paris) is the Director and Co-Founder of Reyum Institute for Arts and Culture, a unique, independent gallery and research center in Phnom Penh that exhibits the work of Cambodian artists and publishes catalogues, books, and monographs. He received BA and MFA degrees from the Sorbonne in Paris, where he also began doctoral research on the relationship between tradition and modernity in Khmer arts and cultures.

Sachiko Namba (London) is Curator, and also a lecturer of Tama Art University, Tokyo. She studied BA in Social Anthropology at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and MA in Curating Contemporary Art at Royal College of Art in London. After serving as Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from 2006 to 2011, she set up I plus N Japan to organize art exhibitions and workshops with specific focus on socially engaged art practice. She is co-author of ‘Biennale Today’ and also the author of ‘Curating Contemporary Art in Japan: 1950s to the Present’. Her curatorial projects include “Interweaving Cultures” (2004, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok), “Garden for Children” (2010, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo), and “Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition” (2012, National Art Gallery of the Maldives, Male, travelled to Spiral, Tokyo).

Yuka Uematsu (Osaka) is Curator of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and previously worked at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art / The MIMOCA Foundation for the Promotion of Fine Arts. She has organized numerous exhibitions including “Tabaimo: DANMEN” (2010), “Miwa Yanagi Po-po Nyangnyang!” (2009), “Pipilotti Rist: Yuyu” (2008), “Eija-Liisa Ahtila” (2008), “Marlene Dumas: Broken White” (2007), “Steve McQueen: Caresses” (2006), “Yoshihiro Suda” (2006), “Miwa Yanagi: Darkness of Girlhood and Brightness of Aging” (2004), “Marina Abramovic: The Star” (2004), “Yayoi Kusama: beyond the Labyrinth” (2003), “Jan Fabre” (2001), and “Isamu Noguchi & Issey Miyake ARIZONA” (1997). She is an adjunct lecturer at Kyoto University of Art and Design, and was appointed as the commissioner of Japan Pavilion at 54th Venice Biennale.

Kwon-ho Yi (Seoul) is currently Professor of Dept. of Tourism management of Shinheung College since 2011. He also served as Curator of Hanyang Univeristy Museum and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul. The exhibitions he has curated include “LEE Hoshin: Scent of Black Flowers”(2005), “Art toward the Society: Realism in Korean Art 1945 - 2005”(2006), “Flowers that Never Fade, SON SANGKI”(2007) “TRIP TO MYSELF; Paintings of Byoungyong LEE”(2009), “The collection talks about the museum” (2009), and ”Made in Popland” (2010). Yi also has conceived many projects for public/private museum support program.

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