Not Just a Show: Exhibition-Making in Southeast Asia – S.E.A. Focus

Not Just a Show: Exhibition-Making in Southeast Asia

Tanjong Pagar Distripark
39 Keppel Rd
Singapore 089065

This talk was part of SEAspotlight Talks 2024. Click here to watch the recording online.


In making exhibitions in Southeast Asia today, how have curators practised intentionality and inclusivity? What are some of the personal agendas that they are pursuing, and have new ethical questions emerged? In this roundtable conversation, each curator will lay their cards on the table, and see how they may share best practices and tackle common problems.


Chomwan Weeraworawit, Creative Director, Producer and Curator, Bangkok Art Biennale 2022

Chomwan Weeraworawit has worked with artists for over 15 years. With a PhD from King’s College London in intellectual property, she uses her training to work with artists, filmmakers, architects, and designers. In 2010, she founded Mysterious Ordinary, a creative studio that creates and produces projects. In 2016, informed by her PhD research, she co-founded the brand Philip Huang and collaborates with artisans in Northeast Thailand to explore how artisanal knowledge can be protected and evolved for the future through design, film, and art. She was on the curatorial team of the third edition of the Bangkok Art Biennale in 2022.

John Z.W. Tung, Independent Curator and Exhibition-Maker

John Z.W. Tung’s close work with artists has realised more than 50 artwork commissions and site-specific adaptations ranging from the minute to monumental. Serving as a co-curator for the Singapore Biennale 2016 and 2019, three of the artwork commissions he curated were finalists for the Benesse Prize, with one work winning the prestigious award. His recent appointments as an independent curator include Festival Curator for the 7th & 8th Singapore International Photography Festival (2020 & 2022),  Associate Curator for the Open House programme, For the House; Against the House (2021, 2022 & 2023), and The Forest Institute, a large-scale architectural art installation dedicated to secondary forest ecologies. In 2023, he was the recipient of the inaugural Tan Boon Hui Curatorial Prize.

Tung is also the curator for S.E.A. Focus 2024, Serial and Massively Parallel.

Michelle Ho, Director, ADM Gallery

Michelle Ho has over 15 years curatorial experience in Southeast Asian art. Some of her exhibitions include Vertical Submarine and the Amusement of Knowledge and Illusion (2022), Reformations: Painting in post 2000 Singapore Art (2019) and Exceptions of Rule: Counterpoints to Truth (2018). Formerly a curator at the Singapore Art Museum, she led the acquisition strategies of its contemporary art collection from 2013 to 2015, and co-curated exhibitions with museums like Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Kunsthaus Zurich. She was co-curator of the 2013 Singapore Biennale and was curator for the Singapore Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.


Joyce Toh, Independent Curator

Joyce holds over 20 years’ experience as a professional in the arts and culture sector, in Singapore and abroad, and her work has spanned museum, public, private and commercial organisations. An independent curator, Joyce is also a Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer for ARTO, an art-tech startup and social discovery mobile app.

Joyce was formerly Head of Exhibitions for three editions of S.E.A. Focus, and a Senior Curator at Singapore Art Museum.