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Alice, Nien-pu, Ko

Alice, Nien-pu Ko, who lives and works in New York, is a curator and writer on contemporary art, film, video, sound, and interdisciplinary projects. Her projects focused on how art creates a space of mediation re-evaluating different histories and contouring modes of perception through alternative aesthetic forms. At Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, she was the co-curator of the retrospectives Tony Oursler: Black Box (2021), Pan Austro-Nesian Arts Festival (2021), and the curator of Tomb of the Soul, Temple, Machine and the Self (2018) which was nominated for the 17th Taishin Arts Award, Taiwan. She was also involved in the curatorial team touring SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, organized by Mori Art Museum in collaboration with Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in 2019. She was a curator-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York in 2022. Recently, she curated Singing in Unison Part 8 Between Waves at Brooklyn Rail (2023-2024) and A Dweller on Two Planets at Microscope Gallery (2023). 

Previously, she worked with major art institutions and museums such as Taiwan National Art Foundation, Taipei; Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo; Bengal Foundation, Dhaka; Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture, Hong Kong; Hong-gah Museum, Taipei, among others. Her selected curatorial exhibitions include Flags, Transnational – Migrants and Outlaw Territories (Tokyo Wonder Site, 2016), Beyond the Borderline – Exiles from the Native Land (Howl Art Space, 2015), and Reverse Niche – Dialogue and Rebuilding at the City’s Edge (Hong-gah Museum, 2013).

Her recent writing includes catalogue and review on Au Sow Yee, Chen Chieh-Jen, Dumb Type, Ho Tze Nyen, Hilma af Klint, Shigeko Kubota, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lala Ruhk, Wang Hong Kai, Tony Oursler, Yin-Ju Chen, and etc. Her curatorial studies were presented at The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, ICAS, Amsterdam in 2019, and the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference, Seoul, Korea in 2017. She was the editor of the books – Tony Oursler: Black Box, Surviving on Time: Curatorial Report from Asia

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