Jo-Lene Ong is a curator in Amsterdam of Malaysian-Hokkien heritage. Her practice engages with counter-colonial ways of sensing, remembering, and organising. She got her start in the field at the intersection of art and civil society activism in Kuala Lumpur. Jo-Lene is pursuing a constellation of research on recovering erased histories and knowledge systems, and re-connecting with ancestors and ancestral knowledge. Jo-Lene is a program advisor for the 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale and teaches theory at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie where she is also part of Urgent Ecologies: Towards A More Sustainable Curriculum working group.
Ishibashi Foundation/Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art. July – August 2023. Research: Shifting Perspectives on Human and Beyond-Human Relationships in Times of Multiple Crises.
Delfina Foundation 1 Jan – 30 Mar 2023
Research: British Propaganda During the Malayan Emergency, The National Archives, Kew.