Gertrude is pleased to share that Australian-based early practice curator Sineenart Meena has been selected for a one-off exhibition opportunity as part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for the next generation of curatorial leaders.
Gertrude's 2022 Emerging Curator Opportunity
Meena will develop a project for public presentation at Gertrude Glasshouse, Gertrude’s Collingwood-based project space, in November 2022 and receive mentorship from Gertrude staff throughout its development and facilitation.
The exhibition, Empty pockets, will bring together artists with migrant backgrounds to contest hierarchical power, find points of connection and develop a conversation around how their existing work is historically intertwined with the notion of labour. Reflecting on labour tied to waves of migration, the project will explore the layered and often painful history of Asian labour in Australia, tying it to racially focused discrimination and how this might continue to effect communities today.
Meena is a Thai born emerging curator based in Sydney, Australia. She is particularly interested in the limited representation of Asian voices and complexity of multicultural representation particularly within the arts, as well as searching opportunities and contexts for cultural exchange across the Asia-Pacific. In 2021, she was selected to curate the first show under the emerging curator program at Firstdraft and finished as a finalist under the Kudos Emerging Curator Award. She recently graduated with a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art & Design. Prior to this, she held a Bachelors of Fine Art in Jewellery Design at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand and accomplished herself as a jewellery designer while working on her own business. Currently, she volunteers as an associate curator at 16albemarle Project Space, Sydney.