Hera Chan is a curator and writer based in Amsterdam by way of Hong Kong. With Alvin Li, she is Adjunct Curator of Greater China, Supported by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, at Tate. Her work engages with performative infrastructures such as elections—as co-producer of KomBIJ1 TV, a political talk show aired in the Netherlands and the occupied Dutch Antilles leading up to the Dutch parliamentary elections of 2021; beauty pageants—as co-founder and curator of platform Miss Ruthless International in Hong Kong in 2017; and diasporic networks—as founding director of para-institution Atelier Céladon in Montreal in 2015.
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. Chan has staged exhibitions and public programmes at Bedroom, Para Site, and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong, UCCA Beijing, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, and articule, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, and Studio XX in Montreal. Chan completed the Curatorial Programme at De Appel in 2021. She received The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2022 and is writing a series of texts about artistic practices that are significant to our understanding of the global uprisings of 2019, with a focus on the Milk Tea Alliance—movements for freedom initiated primarily by people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Myanmar.
Hera Chan joined the DAI-Week of January 2023 in Nida to act as respondent to the Kitchen presentations.