Curatorial Studies

Annie Jael Kwan

Writing and Curating

Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator and researcher based in London. Her practice is located at the intersection of contemporary art, cultural and pedagogical activism with an interest in archives, feminist, queer and alternative knowledge, collective relations, solidarity and spirituality.

She is the Director of Something Human, a curatorial initiative that launched the largest Southeast Asia Performance Collection in Europe at the Live Art Development Agency in 2017, and leads Asia-Art-Activism (AAA) an interdisciplinary and intergenerational network of artists, curators and academics investigating ‘Asia’, ‘art’ and ‘activism’ in the UK. She is the founding council member of Asia Forum for the contemporary arts of Global Asias, which was co-presented with the Bagri Foundation during the opening of the 59th Venice Biennale, and will reoccur again in Venice 2024.

She curated the exhibition and public programmes, UnAuthorised Medium in 2018 at Framer Framed, Netherlands; and as Curator-in-Residence at FACT in Liverpool (2020-2022), Future Ages Will Wonder. She was invited to curate 'Channelling' the Outset Studiomakers Corridor Commission featuring 18 prize winners at Frieze London 2023 on the occasion of the 20th anniversaries of Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Frieze London. She is also program advisor for the 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, opening this November 2023. She has been appointed Curator of the Brent Biennial 2025, in north London, when she will also begin her postgraduate research as a techne scholar at CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), University of Westminster.