JB2021 ESOK Curatorial Team

[Monthly event] To begin with

Join JB2021 ESOK’s curators in conversation with Sidd Perez and Michelle Wong to explore about how they got involved with the biennale, their views on ESOK, as well as their individual approaches in curating the biennale. Sidd and Michelle have been in conversation with the curators since January in framing the biennale’s blog and their future involvement as collaborators and editors. This talk will unravel their experiences so far, thoughts, and ways to begin with JB2021 ESOK.

Sidd Perez is a curator. Their practice is parented by independent communities in Manila and the regions surrounding the Philippines, chiselled by museum employment and softened by peers who, like them, contend with oblique prompts on public histories and think about the rehabilitation of personal legacies. Sidd is currently affiliated with the National University of Singapore Museum where she facilitates the circulation, education and other curatorial expressions of contemporary projects and the Museum’s Southeast Asia Collection. They are also 1/2 of Planting Rice, a curatorial platform that continues to reorient lost, unloved, poorly circulated, misrepresented archives and approaches to exhibition-making.

Michelle Wong is a researcher, curator, and writer based in Hong Kong. From 2012-2020, she was Researcher at Asia Art Archive, where she researched on histories of exchange and circulation through exhibitions and periodicals, and the personal archive of the late Ha Bik Chuen (1925-2009). She was Assistant Curator of 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016). She collaborates with artist Wei Leng Tay on the long term collective project Sightlines. Since Yokohama Triennale 2020, she works with curator Kabelo Malatsie and artist Lantian Xie, exploring how curatorial thinking expresses itself infrastructurally. She is currently a PhD student of Art History at The University of Hong Kong. Her writing has been published in Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, 1945–1990 (2018), the journal Southeast of Now (2019), Oncurating and Ocula Magazine.