Tate Modern makes two curatorial appointments in Asia-Pacific art

Image: L-R Hera Chan; Alvin Li, photo by Shuwei Liu

Alvin Li and Hera Chan will serve in new roles following a partnership with Asymmetry Art Foundation.

Tate Modern has today announced a new partnership with London-based not-for-profit organisation Asymmetry Art Foundation, in which two curatorial positions specialising in Asia-Pacific art will be supported.

Alvin Li has been appointed to the role of Curator, International Art and Hera Chan has been appointed Adjunct Curator, Asia-Pacific, both supported by Asymmetry Art Foundation. The appointments will take on the new roles having previously served as adjunct curators at Tate.

Chan is a curator and writer based in Hong Kong, and was formerly Associate Curator of Public Programmes at Tai Kwun Contemporary and Director/Curator at Videotage. She has staged exhibitions and events in Asia, Europe and North America and is currently an adjunct curator at Tate and a guest professor at the Korea National University of the Arts.

Li is a curator and writer based in London and has also been an adjunct curator at Tate since 2021. He previously worked as a contributing editor to frieze magazine and an artistic advisor to the 59th Venice Biennale. He has curated projects in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and London, and is a frequent contributor to art periodicals and monographs.

Tate said both roles “ensure that vital expertise on art from the Asia-Pacific region is embedded in Tate Modern’s curatorial team, devising and delivering ambitious exhibitions, displays and initiatives in the gallery”.

The appointments will research new strategic acquisitions of modern and contemporary art for Tate’s collection, and create new relationships with artists, cultural producers, scholars and curators based in the region.

“In recent years we have made great progress in the way we represent groundbreaking art from the Asia-Pacific region, and these two curatorial appointments will allow us to take that progress much further,” said Karin Hindsbo, Director of Tate Modern.