Connected by personal and scholarly ties to Hong Kong, we come from various fields within art, design, academia, and museums. We are currently based in the UK and Hong Kong.
Sunnie Chan is a design exhibition-maker based in Hong Kong. As an independent and with Gallery 27, one of the few design-focused galleries in Hong Kong spanning across graphics, photography and design objects, she has taken part in in the projects including M+ Mobile: Yaumatei (2012), The Designer’s Heart (2015), Hong Kong Department Store (2016) and Very Hong Kong Very Hong Kong (2017). In 2018, Sunnie was a Research Associate for M+ Museum on Hong Kong graphic design and the museum’s opening display. She recently completed the Design Trust/ Royal College of Art research fellowship in Design Curation, including prototyping event Design Curators Clinic, centred on emerging practices of design curating and its contribution to cultural learning.
Vivien Chan is a design historian and illustrator based in the UK. She graduated from the V&A/RCA History of Design MA in 2017, and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Nottingham as part of the Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia (COTCA) project. She was Ambassador for the Design History Society from 2017 – 2019, and editor of experimental design history website Unmaking Things in 2017. Alongside academia she maintains her practice as an image maker, illustrating for independent publishing and printmaking.
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Juliana Kei is a lecturer in architecture at Coventry University. She is completing her PhD research, at the Royal College of Art, which examines the development of preservationism and Postmodernism in late 20th century Britain. Her other research interests include late/post-colonial architecture and using animals escape from zoos as alternative means to unravel threads in the study of modernity. Juliana is a registered architect in Hong Kong, and has practised in the U.K., the U.S. and Hong Kong.
Janice Li is a London-based curator and researcher of design, fashion and material culture, with particular interests in the crossing over of art/design and science, as well as their relations with inclusivity and sustainability. She also engages in projects concerning identity (gender, body and ethnic) and decolonisation. An alumna of the Royal College of Art, she has curated the touring Designing Craft Crafting Design, Food Symphony (MoMA Biodesign), was part of Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashioned from Nature and is a consultant for the Science Museum (London). In 2019, she is curating exhibitions at Salone del Mobile and Venice Design.
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Mina Song is a Korean living and working in Hong Kong for over two decades. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Seoul National University, and two Master’s Degrees from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Design) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Cultural Management). While educated and trained as a designer, a chance meeting led to working at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 2006. Since then she has been working as an arts administrator mainly working on large and medium sized public arts projects. Her works include Budding Winter (2009 – 10), Made in Wetland (2010), ArtAlive@Park (2010 – 11), Art@Government Buildings (2012-13 and 2013-14) and ARTivating Public Buildings (2015).
Jennifer Wong is Assistant Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum of 20th and 21st century visual culture at West Kowloon Cultural District. Prior to joining M+, she was Research Assistant/Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and interned at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, and National Art Museum of China. Wong holds a MA in History of Design, jointly offered by the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, and a BA in Art History from Northwestern University.