Melbourne Art Fair appoints Tamsin Hong as Curator of VIDEO

Melbourne Art Fair is delighted to announce the appointment of Tamsin Hong as Curator of VIDEO for the Fair’s 17th edition.

Dedicated to the presentation of moving-image art, VIDEO will showcase dynamic and thought-provoking work from new and iconic international contemporary artists that respond to the Fair’s thematic of ketherba, a word from the Boonwurrung language meaning together.

Tamsin Hong is a contemporary international art curator based in London. Born on unceded Ngunnawal Country, in the Bush outside of Canberra, Hong’s curatorial practice is shaped by the complexities of the ongoing colonial conditions in the country now known as Australia. This informs her curatorial approach in London, drawing from her experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultures for 16 years. Rooted in these experiences, Hong is particularly interested in embodied practices, women’s knowledge systems, and our responsibility to nature and all living beings.

Hong is currently Exhibitions Curator at Serpentine in Kensington Gardens, collaborating with living artists to develop solo exhibitions providing new insights into contemporary visual arts practices. She was formerly Assistant Curator of International Art at Tate, specialising in performance and working on African and Australian acquisitions. While at Tate Modern, Hong co-curated the land-rights exhibition, A Year in Art: Australia 1992 and performances including Lee Mingwei’s Our Labyrinth, Ei Arakawa’s Mega Please Draw Freely and the 2020 Live Exhibition, Our Bodies, Our Archives. Hong also worked on the Tate Endeavor Frieze Fund 2020-22 which included negotiating the custodianship of Edgar Calel’s The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge (Ru k’ ox k’ob’el jun ojer etemab’el).

Now annual, Australasia’s progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, Melbourne Art Fair will take place at the Melbourne Convention Centre at the bookend of the Victorian summer from 22-25 February 2024. Galleries announced and tickets on sale early October.


Images: (above) Tamsin Hong. Photo: Mariya Andriichuk. (header) Gabriella Mangano & Silvana Mangano, Holding the Hidden, 2021. Presented by Anna Schwartz Gallery in VIDEO, Melbourne Art Fair 2022.