Advisory Committee – S.E.A. Focus

Advisory Committee

Jim Amberson

Originally from the USA but based in Asia since 1998, Jim Amberson is a Director in a Multinational Insurer. He has been actively collecting Southeast Asian contemporary art for more than 15 years, acquiring works by Dinh Q. Lê, Sopheap Pich, Handiwirman Saputra, Teng Nee Cheong, Yee I-Lann and more. Amberson's interest in the region extends to a Masters of Arts Degree from the National University of Singapore in Southeast Asian Studies and publications that include "Deep S.E.A.: Contemporary Art from South East Asia" and "The Little Red Dot: Becoming a Red Hot Home for Art". Amberson is frequently invited to panels to speak on collecting Southeast Asian art, and has loaned his collection to numberous international exhibitions. Amberson has joined the Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee of the Tate Modern, London.

Patricia Chen

Patricia Chen is a writer focused on visual arts. Her series of independent films on leading art collections and collectors, Uli Sigg: China’s Art Missionary and The 24-Hour Art Practice, have been screened in The Netherlands (Authentication in Art Congress 2016, The Hague), Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore. As a writer, Patricia has penned columns on Southeast/ Asian art and contributed to ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, The Art Newspaper and Flash Art. She also authored Uli Sigg in Conversation: Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art. Patricia created Southeast Asia’s first modern and contemporary art indices - her published articles and public lectures via quantitative data analyses and primary fieldwork have inaugurated ways of advancing the study of art and the art market.

Aaron Seeto

The former Director of Museum MACAN, Aaron Seeto, has vast experience working to advance the goals of contemporary arts organisations and curating significant exhibitions of artists from the Asia and Pacific regions. Seeto was formerly Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia where he led the curatorial team at the eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) in 2015. For eight years prior, he was the Director of Sydney's ground-breaking 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Alexandra Seno

Alexandra Seno is an art and architecture critic, and an arts administrator. Her writings on visual culture and the economics of culture have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, The Art Newspaper, and Architectural Record magazine. As an art critic, she has a regular radio program on RTHK. In the last 10 years, she has been involved with several non-profit arts organisations: the board of independent Hong Kong space Para Site, the advisory council of Spring Workshop, and the executive committee of The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of New York's International Center of Photography.