Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator, writer, researcher and producer based in London. She trained in theatre arts, film and cultural theory at Goldsmiths College and then obtained a postgraduate qualification in Law. She has worked as producer and curator on numerous arts projects in the UK and internationally since 2005, working with major arts and cultural institutions including the South Bank Centre, Geffrey Museum, Barbican Centre and the Live Art Development Agency.
She founded the curatorial partnership, Something Human, in 2012, to focus on her interests in the critical ideas and explorations surrounding movement across borders. Something Human has delivered projects in the UK, Rome, Venice, Belgrade, Skopje, Lisbon and in Singapore. She recently completed a curatorial research residency in Cambodia, with the support of the Artist’s International Development Fund from the British Council, Arts Council England and National Arts Council Singapore. She is currently undertaking an MA in History of Art and Archaeology with a special focus on Southeast Asian art at SOAS, and contributes to the publication, Art Asia Pacific.
Selected projects included the multidisciplinary SEA ArtsFest in 2013/2014, leading on curating its visual arts programme and SEA ArtsFilm, its screening programme of feature-length and short moving image works. In 2015, she also co-curated the exhibition, 50 Years of Theatre Memories for irememberSG, as part of Singapore’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, and curated the exhibitions EX PARTE connecting British and Singaporean artists for the Singapore Tourism Board, and ‘London Calling’ for the British High Commission for the delegation of the British Prime Minister to Singapore.
For Something Human, she has co-curated Something Human at the Terminal (2013), the travelling exhibition MOVE W I T H (OUT) 2013-2016, From East to the Barbican (2015), CCLAP (Cross-Cultural Live Art Project 2014-2016) and Krísis in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, Bonington Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary. Her projects have been funded by Arts Council England, National Arts Council Singapore, Macedonian Ministry of Culture, Skopje City Fund, the Singapore International Foundation and STEP European Cultural Foundation.