Jo-Lene Ong is currently works as co-curator at the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund special project 2020-21, co-curator of visual arts and theory at Other Futures festival, and teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.
She got her start in the field at the intersection of arts and social activism in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her interests are in deploying non-western epistemic paradigms and more embodied ways of knowing as modes of extending boundaries. Recently she co-edited Practice Space a volume around locally embedded art initiatives. Jo-Lene was awarded De Appel Curatorial Research Fellowship 2018-19 after completing De Appel Curatorial Program 2017-18.
Recent exhibitions include Unpacking the 3Package Deal (2020, 2019) for Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst; Elsewheres Within Here (2019) at Framer Framed, Amsterdam; Brace for Impact (2018) at De Appel, Amsterdam; and SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia from 1980s – Now (2017) at the National Art Centre, Tokyo and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.