Sana Balai

Sana Balai is a Bougainville elder born to the Nakaripa clan of the Hakö peoples from Buka Island. She is an Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and, in 2018, was co-curator (with Ruth McDougall) of ‘Women’s Wealth’, a major project for ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ that focused on the closely connected matrilineal societies of Bougainville and the Solomon Islands, and the art forms made by women.

Abigail Bernal

Abigail Bernal is Associate Curator, Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Priyankar Bahadur Chand

Priyankar Bahadur Chand is a researcher interested in the intersections of public health, history and anthropology. He is currently an MPH candidate at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He and Dipti Sherchan are co-founders of Kala Kulo, a collaborative and transdisciplinary organisation dedicated to exploring the heterogeneous epistemologies and aesthetics of Nepal.

Wesley Enoch

Wesley Enoch is the former Artistic Director at Sydney Festival. Wesley has written and directed iconic Indigenous productions, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table (2007), Black Medea (2000) and The 7 Stages of Grieving (1995). He has directed productions of Black Cockatoo (2020), Black Diggers (2014), I am Eora (2012), The Man from Mukinupin (2009), Parramatta Girls (2007), Yibiyung (2008) and The Sapphires (2004).

Ruha Fifita

Ruha Fifita is Curatorial Assistant, Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Brian Fuata

Brian Fuata works across the fields of improvisational visual and performance art. He has performed internationally and nationally, including in the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017); Performa, New York (2015); Carriageworks, Sydney (2015); The Poetry Project, New York (2015); UnionDocs, New York (2015); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2013); and Artspace, Sydney (2011).

Taloi Havini

Taloi Havini is an artist who works in ceramics, photography, print media, video and mixed-media installation. Her practice centres on the politics of location and the intergenerational transmission of indigenous knowledge systems. She engages with living cultural practitioners and material from collections and archives throughout Oceania. She is actively involved in cultural heritage projects and community development in Melanesia and Australia. Her work is held in public and private collections, including QAGOMA and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. She participated in ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’.

Mami Kataoka

Mami Kataoka is an art curator and writer. She is a significant figure in documenting and analysing contemporary Japanese art since 2000, and considering the relevant social, historical and generational themes evident in contemporary Japanese art. In 2019, she was appointed Director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo — where she previously served as chief curator (2003–19) — staging exhibitions with artists including Lee Bul, Ai Weiwei, Aida Makoto, NS Harsha and Chiharu Shiota. Prior to joining the Mori, she was the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery’s chief curator. She has also served as co-artistic director of the Gwangju Biennale (2012) and artistic director of the Biennale of Sydney (2018).

Abdi Karya

Abdi Karya is an Indonesian director, performer, performance artist and cultural manager. He is co-curator of the Yolngu/Macassan Project in 'The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art'.

Reuben Keehan

Reuben Keehan is Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Vicki Lenihan

Vicki Lenihan (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu) is a multimedia artist whose practice centres on sustainability, celebrating identity interwoven with our unique and irreplaceable environment, and highlighting issues connected to self-determination and hauora [wellness]. She is also a writer, an educator, a museum professional, a regular broadcaster, an arts producer, Community Events Advisor — Cultural at the Dunedin City Council, and until recently the secretary of Paemanu Charitable Trust.

Ruth McDougall

Ruth McDougall is Curator, Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Tarun Nagesh

Tarun Nagesh is Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Paemanu: Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts

Paemanu: Ngāi Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts began as a group of Ngāi Tahu art professionals coming together to create and drive events associated with Ngāi Tahu identity, including Ngāi Tahu arts practitioners at all stages of career development. In 2017, Paemanu occupied Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, for the major exhibition ‘Paemanu: Nohoaka Toi – Ngāi Tahu Artists in Residence’. The exhibition comprised site-specific works, large-scale projections and sculptural interventions that explored whakapapa [lineage] and wairua [spirit], and celebrated the vibrancy of contemporary Ngāi Tahu visual art.

Chris Saines CNZM

Chris Saines CNZM is Director, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Dipti Sherchan

Dipti Sherchan's research explores the relationship between artists, cultural institutions and the nation-state in Nepal. She and Priyankar Bahadur Chand are co-founders of Kala Kulo, a collaborative and transdisciplinary organisation dedicated to exploring the heterogeneous epistemologies and aesthetics of Nepal.

Dr Zara Stanhope

Dr Zara Stanhope is Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She was formerly Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, who led the curatorial development of the Gallery’s flagship exhibition, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT). At QAGOMA, she was also the lead curator of ‘Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’ (2020). She has held senior positions in institutions in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand with the aim of fostering engagement with art and ideas about the global south, and has commissioned and contributed to numerous publications.

Salote Tawale

Salote Tawale employs photography, video, drawing, sculpture, installation and live actions to re-form and perform her identity and experience of immigrant and settler colonial heritages. In 2020, Tawale won the Mosman Art Prize. In 2017, she was awarded the inaugural Arts NSW Visual Artists Fellowship to record oral histories and inspect archives in the Fiji Islands, where she was born; travel to major art events in Europe, including the Venice Biennale and Documenta; and forge connections with the Institute of International Visual Arts and Stuart Hall Library in the United Kingdom. She was also the recipient of a six-month Australia Council residency hosted by ACME studios in London.

Dr Uranchimeg Tsultemin

Dr Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultemin is a scholar of Mongolian art and culture whose research focuses on Buddhist art and architecture and contemporary Asian art. Uranchimeg received her PhD in East Asian and Himalayan art history from UC Berkeley, where she served as co-chair of the Mongolia Initiative at the Institute of East Asian Studies. She has also taught at the National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar; Yonsei University, Seoul; and the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. Uranchimeg’s research includes ancient Mongolian stone monuments, a thirteenth-century Chinggis Khan portrait at the National Palace Museum in Taipei City, a mobile monastery in Urga, Mongolian art of the 1960s, and contemporary Asian artists’ relationships to their art traditions. Her most recent monograph is A Monastery on the Move: Art and Politics in Later Buddhist Mongolia (University of Hawai’i Press, 2020).

Marcus Yee

Marcus Yee is an art worker from Singapore and based in Hong Kong. A satellite within the collaborative project, soft/WALL/studs, Marcus has been involved with projects supported by the National Gallery Singapore (2020–21), Eyebeam, New York (2020) and Cemeti Institute of Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2018). As a writer, Marcus has contributed pieces in Arts Equator, ArtAsiaPacific, Global Performance Studies Journal and art-agenda, among others.