Belinda Kwan and Tak Pham are emerging curators and art critics based in the Greater Toronto Area.
Kwan works primarily with artists whose practices reveal relationships between sub/urban infrastructures and socio-political ways of being. With an emphasis on post-critical theory and intersectionality, her research examines the ways in which artistic practices do or do not make social activism more effective. Kwan’s experiences as a queer, neurodivergent, and first-generation Chinese Canadian informs her engagements with social justice. Her current research explores the parallel histories of museums and prisons, and their respective politics of sound.
Within the past year, Kwan has curated at York University’s Gales Gallery, the Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery at Artscape Wychwood Barns, and two shows at Y+ contemporary. She is currently completing her Master’s in Art History and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Practice at York University.
Pham’s curatorial approach concerns the spatial experience of exhibition architecture. Pham’s academic research has been examining the contemporary consequences of modern architectural movements, and how contemporary art can respond in order to remedy and ameliorate them. Pham actively looks for adaptive-reuse architectural projects and opportunities, not only to investigate their sites, but also, to reimagine their possibilities.
Pham has curated exhibitions, art projects, and public programming at OCAD University, Montgomery’s Inn, Art Toronto 2015, Y+ Contemporary, Riverdale Gallery, Xpace Cultural Centre, and Nuit Blanche 2017. He has written for Espace Art Actuel, 8eleven gallery, and Xpace Cultural Centre.