Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator and researcher based in London, and who works between the UK, Europe, and Asia. She founded the curatorial initiative, Something Human, in 2012, to focus on the critical ideas surrounding movement across borders. Something Human has delivered projects in the UK, Rome, Venice, Belgrade, Skopje, Lisbon, and in Singapore. In 2017 Something Human launched the pioneering Southeast Asia Performance Collection (SAPC) at the Live Art Development Agency in London, with over 27000 digital items that represent 50 artists from the region, during its M.A.P. (Movement x Archive x Performance) project. M.A.P. extended across multiple sites in London and Venice, including a programme of live performance in collaboration with Diaspora Pavilion and the International Curators Forum in Venice.
In 2018, she co-founded Asia-Art-Activism (AAA), a research network that has presented an active public programme of presentations, talks, workshops, mini-residences and festivals that challenge and complicate notions of ‘Asia’. She curated “Being Present” a live performance programme in response to the exhibition Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition at the Manchester Art Gallery; and the subsequent digital adaptation for the Paul Mellon Centre’s British Art Studies Issue 13. AAA is in residence at Raven Row until May 2021, and co-leads Tools to Transform, a project focused on creating resources for Asian and diaspora organising that received the European Cultural Foundation’s Culture of Solidarity grant in 2020. As a researcher, she co-edited Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia’s guest issue: Archive, and contributes to various publications including On the future and artist-run spaces, Tate website, Art Review Asia, and Art Asia Pacific. She is the instigator of the forthcoming Asia Forum in 2021/2022.
Click through to read about Annie’s reading group: Collective reading: Pleasure Activism / Uses of the Erotic