JW Stella is the founding director of JW STELLA Arts Collectives, a London based non-profit curatorial research lab. She also works as the International Associate Curator with Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, the first public contemporary art museum in China.
Her curatorial focus is socio-cultural anthropology that examines cultural relativism through contemporary art practices. And also questions the role of art and what it means to be practicing contemporary art in current societies.
Her curatorial practice includes ‘TIME CAPSULE: Allegories of Shanghai’ (Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China, 2015), ‘우리[WOO:RI]: interrelationship between you, myself and us’, a site-specific contemporary art project in the national & UNESCO cultural heritages in Czech Republic (TINA B. Prague Contemporary Art Festival 2012 & Centre for Theology and Arts-Charles University, Prague, 2012-2013). ‘MY SHOPPING BAG: Allegories of Seoul’ (2011 London Design Festival, UK). ‘NABATT: a sense of being’, the Saudi Arabian contemporary art exhibition for 2010 Shanghai World Expo (Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China, 2010), ‘SU:MBISORI’– the inaugural international contemporary art exhibition for Jeju Museum of Modern Art (Jeju Special Self –governing province, Korea, 2009) and ‘USB’, an exhibition on Korean diaspora (Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul Art Center, Korea, 2009)
Working with European art institutions, she also project managed the contemporary art exhibitions and film screening programs, such as ‘Fantasy Studio’ (Liverpool Biennale 2008, UK), ‘Good Morning Mr. Namjune Paik’– the inaugural exhibition for Korean Cultural Centre London (2008, UK). ‘Through the Looking Glass’ (Asia House, UK, 2006), ‘Seoul! Until Now’ (Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark, 2005), ‘enclosed, a video art screening. (The British Museum, UK, 2004).
JW has served as an advisory and a consultant for public art organisations such as DACS Foundation (UK), International Curator’s Forum (UK), Geumcheon Art Space (Seoul Foundation of Art and Culture, Korea) and Korean Art Management Service (Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea)
As a regular contributor to Seoul Art Guide and it’s international art correspondent she introduces contemporary art from ME NA region exhibitions, event and art professionals on a monthly basis. She also has been commissioned to write essays and reviews by Korean and international art journals such as Art in Culture (Korea), Art in Asia (Korea/ Asia), Art Now (Korea/ China), The Artro (Korea), SPACE(Korea), PUBLICART(Korea), Misulsegae (Korea), Art and Antique (Czech Republic) and Canvas (UAE).
She has lectured widely including The Collage of Art at Chung–Ang University and Kaywon University of Art and Design in Korea.
JW received a Masters degree in Curating Contemporary Art in the major of Museum and Gallery Management at Cultural Policy Department of the City University, London, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea.