Jo-Lene Ong

Curator, Olfactory History of Oosterdok


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Jo-Lene Ong is currently working as curator of the Olfactory History of Oosterdok project at Mediamatic and co-curator of visual arts and theory at Other Futures (2020), a multidisciplinary festival in Amsterdam presenting speculative visions of the future. She is an Editorial Advisor for the soon to be launched Errant Journal and served as co-editor of Practice Space, a volume on extra-institutional practices invested in 'the local' published with De Appel, Amsterdam and NAME Publications, Miami. 

She was awarded the De Appel Curatorial Research Fellowship 2018-19 after graduating from their Curatorial Programme 2017-18. Ong was previously based in Kuala Lumpur where she got her start in the field through the intersection of arts and social activism. Her interests are in deploying non-western epistemic paradigms and more embodied ways of knowing as modes of extending boundaries, with an ethical persuasion towards decolonial and ecological perspectives.

Recent exhibitions include Elsewheres Within Here (2019), Framer Framed; Unpacking the 3 Package Deal (2019), Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst; Brace For Impact (2018), De Appel; and SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (2017), Mori Art Museum and National Art Center, Tokyo.