Asia Jong Appointed Curator of the 221A Fellowship Shortlist Exhibition

Asia Jong Appointed Curator of the 221A Fellowship Shortlist Exhibition

May 10, 2024

221A is delighted to announce Asia Jong as the curator for an exhibition featuring the work of the shortlisted artists of the 221A Fellowship including: Anne Riley, Christian Vistan, Damla Tamer, Jordan Hill, Katayoon Yousefbigloo, Lauren Crazybull, Manuel Axel Strain, Odera Igbokwe, and Soloman Chiniquay.

“This exhibition presents a unique opportunity for the artists' works to exist in dialogue with one another and I'm honoured to celebrate the strengths of each of their practices,” shares Asia. “In a time when it is increasingly challenging to exist as an artist in the city, it is vital that artists' careers are actively fostered and supported.”

The exhibition will run from June 3 until the end of July.

The finalists for the 221A Fellowship will be announced at the opening reception of the exhibition which will award three of the shortlisted artists a (non-residential) studio placement and a $72,000 stipend over an 18 month period. Past Fellows include Syrus Marcus Ware, Zasha Colah, and Christina Battle.

Please join us in welcoming Asia!

Asia Jong is an independent curator, arts facilitator, administrator, and writer from Armstrong, B.C., who is based in Vancouver, on unceded and traditional xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. She is currently interested in exploring the contemporary conditions of love and dating, and her practice often centers on collaboration, in particular engaging friendship and relationship building as a framework for art and exhibition making. She was a co-organizer of the DIY art collective Ground Floor which supported the work of early-emerging artists. Currently, she is working on an exhibition presented by UNIT/PITT that will be located at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park, opening fall 2024. Recent curatorial projects include exhibitions at Duplex Artists Society (2021), Or Gallery (2021), and The Alternator (2021) and her essay “Framing Desire: Online dating and the image of the Asian Woman” was recently published by Capture Photography Festival (2024).

Photo by Kolton Procter