Taro Amano, Michelle Hyun, Nathalie Boseul Shin, and Amy Cheng Presentation at Western Front by visiting curators from Korea, Japan, Taiwan

Thursday, April 23, 5PM

The Or Gallery in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts and The Western Front is pleased to present curatorial talks by visiting curators Taro Amano, Michelle Hyun, Nathalie Boseul Shin, and Amy Cheng. The four curators will be speaking in the Western Front’s Grand Lux hall

After presentations on each curator’s respective practice, please join us for an informal barbecue and reception in the Lux and adjoining patio.


TARO AMANO is the Chief Curator and Program Director of the Yokohama Civic Art Gallery in Yokohama, Japan. He has also served as Chief Curator of the Yokohama Museum of Art (1986-2015), Curator of the 2005 Yokohama Triennale, Head of the Curatorial Team of the 2001 and 2014 Yokohama Triennales and Assistant Curator of the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (1982-1986). Amano has organized numerous exhibitions and has contributed essays to the following catalogues: Japanese Art after 1945: Scream against the Sky (94), Louise Bourgeois (97), Yoshitomo Nara (01), Black Out: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography (organized by the Japan Foundation) (02), and Non-Sect Radical: Contemporary Photography III (04).

MICHELLE HYUN is a curator and researcher working with the conditions and interrelationships of publics, space, discourse, and pedagogy. Such work has manifested in the collaborative production of projects with artists and organizations such as Public Movement at the New Museum and Bik Van der Pol with Creative Time. Her curatorial projects have been realized in the form of exhibitions, public interventions, mass media broadcasts, screenings, and discursive programs. Most recently, she co-curated the Gwangju Biennale 20th anniversary exhibition, Sweet Dew – Since 1980 and was the 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow at the University of California San Diego University Art Gallery. She received her BA in International Political Economy from George Washington University and MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

NATHALIE BOSEUL SHIN is chief curator of Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul. She studied philosophy at Ewha Woman’s University and aesthetics at Hongik University (M.A). Currently, she is a Ph.D candidate at Hongik University. Since 1997, she started her curatorial career in Korea, engaging various exhibition planning and art projects. In 2000, she began as a curator with an expertise of media art after working for art center nabi. Further, she developed her experience at Seoul International Media Art Biennale 2004, leading exhibition team as manager. She has been working at Total Museum of Contemporary Art since 2007. She curated Muntadas: Asian Protocols, News after the News (Dan Perjovschi), Postcapical Archive: 1989-2001 (Daniel G. Andujar), Danish Video Art Exhibition Subtle Whispering, etc. Since 2010, she has been organizing various annual international projects such as Roadshow, Playground in island (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia), the show must go on.

Independent curator AMY CHENG lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. From 2000 to 2005 Cheng lived in Vancouver, Canada, and served as a feature writer for Taiwan’s ARTCO Monthly magazine, where she currently works as a lead feature writer. Cheng has curated numerous exhibitions, including: Invisible City (2003) and THTP/Phase Five/Oversight/2008 at the Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the 2004 Taipei Biennial: Do you Believe in Reality? (co-curated), Altered States (2006) at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Traversing the Fantasy (2010) and Re-envisioning Society (2011-2013)at Taipei’s TheCube Project Space, The Heard and The Unheard─Soundscape Taiwan, Taiwan Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2011), The 3rd Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition at Hong-Gah Museum of Taipei (2012). With m culturd cultural critic, Shamans and Dissent (West Heavens, Artist Dispatch Project Exhibition) at Hanart Square of Hong Kong (2013), ALTERing NATIVism – Sound Cultures in Post-War Taiwan (co-curated, Taipei, Kaohsiung, 2014) and Phantom of Civilization (2015) at Casino Luxembourg-Forum d’art contemporain (co-curated). With Jeph Lo, she founded Taipei’s TheCube Project Space in 2010, which aims to explore local culture, establish long-term relationships with artists, and promote contemporary art exchanges between Taiwan and the international community.

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