Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator, researcher and writer based in London. Since 2005 she has worked on numerous projects with major arts and cultural institutions in the UK and internationally. She founded the curatorial initiative, Something Human, in 2012, to focus on her interests in the critical ideas surrounding movement across borders. In 2016, her self-initiated residency in Cambodia generated the collection of digital materials that would form a significant part of the pioneering Southeast Asian Performance Collection (SAPC). The SAPC was launched at the Live Art Development Agency in London as part of the 2017 M.A.P. project that showed in Venice and the UK. Most recently, she was selected for the International Curators Forum’s “Beyond the Frame” programme, and for Outset and Arts Council England’s research trip for emerging curators, which resulted in her curated colloquium, Curating Radical Futures, at Tate Modern.
Exploring questions regarding futurity and alternative identities, she initiated and co-leads the Asia-Art-Activism research network that is currently in residence at Raven Row for 12 months, with a desire to interrogate the paradigm of “Asia” while experimenting with the formalities/informalities of working collectively. She holds an MA in History of Art and/or Archaeology from SOAS, teaches at Central St Martins and Sotheby's Institute of Art, and contributes to Art Asia Pacific.