Janet Fong Man Yee is Research Assistant Professor at Academy of Visual Arts (AVA), Hong Kong Baptist University. Before she joined AVA in 2020, she has nearly 25 years of work experience in the contemporary art scene and has worked with a number of notable organisations including CAFA Art Museum at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Osage (Art Foundation and Gallery), University Museum and Art Gallery at University of Hong Kong, 1a Space, New York Klein Sun Art Project and Moving Art Museum. Since 2011, she has also planned a series of art exhibitions related to scrutiny of the cultural identity of Hong Kong and its changes towards the rest of the world in a contemporary context. A curator since 2005, Janet has curated numerous exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Shanghai, Chengdu, Seoul…etc. in the last 15 years.
Janet Fong has been exploring various methodologies for curation by her curatorial practices and strategies with an awareness of contemporary art contexts. She also tries to study the sense of transformation associated with traditional exhibition spaces (platforms) and question its curious relation to the democratisation and evolution of art that supports the connection and collaborations with artists, cultural and academic institutions, art spaces, public agencies, scientists and other creative thinkers to create projects that transcend borders and media, so as to build physical and virtual communities where art can be accessible by all.
The course of curating allows students to learn more about curation as a discourse specific to the field of contemporary art, that is also a creative practice and sensibility building of art for them to explore and elaborate. In the context of Contemporary Art, curating is a meaning of artistic production through the exhibition-making (making of art projects), which impart value and as a tool of creations across interdisciplinary methods, art, time and space.