Annie Jael Kwan


Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator and researcher. She is based in London and works between Europe and Asia. Annie is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martin’s, University of the Arts, London.


She founded the curatorial partnership, Something Human, in 2012, to focus on the critical ideas surrounding movement across borders.


In 2016, she completed a self-initiated curatorial research residency with Java Arts in Cambodia, with the support of the Artists International Development Fund (British Council/Arts Council England) and the National Arts Council Singapore. This generated the collection of interviews and digital materials that would form a significant part of the pioneering Southeast Asia Performance Collection (SAPC) that holds performance-related materials from artists working in relation to the region.


In 2018, she curated the exhibition and public program, UnAuthorised Medium for Framer Framed, Amsterdam, which explored artistic practices and ‘alternative archives’ in relation to Southeast Asia. 


In 2019, she co-curated the Archive-in-Residence Southeast Asia Performance Collection archive exhibition and consulted on the “Pathways of Performativity” conference exploring performance in Southeast Asia at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Since 2018, she co-leads Asia-Art-Activism (AAA), an interdisciplinary and intergenerational network of artists, curators and academics investigating the intersected meanings of “Asia,” “art” and “activism” in the UK. AAA is currently in residence at Raven Row till November 2020.

In 2019, Annie was awarded Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions Leadership Award.