Hera Chan (Hong Kong/The Netherlands) is an independent curator and writer. Her practice as a cultural worker is civic, informed by political praxis and structured around complicity with colleagues and friendship with collaborators. Hera’s work is concerned with power and mobility.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Hera will further her research into the entanglement of media infrastructures and political movements. Her previous work examined the rise of New Ageism in Hong Kong and the enabling of direct democracy in the 2019 uprising through technical platforms such as LIHKG, WhatsApp, and open-source software. Through studio visits with artistic practitioners working on the spiritual within oppositional formations and archival research with publications such as Light: A Review of the Psychic and Spiritual Knowledge and Research, she hopes to gain more knowledge of spiritualism in its decentralised form and organisational potential.

Hera is Adjunct Curator of Greater China, supported by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, at Tate. She was a participant of De Appel’s Curatorial Programme 2020-21 and a co-producer of KomBIJ1 TV leading up to the 2020 Dutch Parliament elections. In Hong Kong, she was associate curator of public programmes at Tai Kwun Contemporary, director/ curator of Videotage, and researcher at the SEACHINA Institute, where she focused on socially engaged art practices in contemporary China. Hera has staged exhibitions and public programmes at Bedroom, Para Site, and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong, UCCA Beijing, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, De Appel in Amsterdam, Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, and spaces like articule, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, and Studio XX in Montreal. In 2017, she co-founded Miss Ruthless International, a contemporary art network that mimics diasporic beauty pageants.


Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons

Thematic programme

Collecting as Practice:
Season 4


Autumn 2021

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