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, and as the associate director of International Curators Forum, UK.
Her curatorial focus is socio-cultural anthropology that examines cultural relativism and collective identities through contemporary art practices and also questions the role of art in current socio-political climate.
Her curatorial projects and exhibitions include Curating the International Diaspora, a year-long international symposium and curatorial workshop (Asia Culture Center, Gwangju; International Curators Forum and UAL, London; AICA Southern Caribbean; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; 2016–2017); [Ana] Please Keep Your Eyes Closed for a Moment (Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE, 2015–2016); Time Capsule: Allegories of Shanghai (Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China, 2015); [WOO:RI]: Interrelationship between You, Myself and Us at the national and UNESCO cultural heritage sites in the Czech Republic (Tina B. — the Prague Contemporary Art Festival 2012 and Centre for Theology and Arts-Charles University, Prague, 2012–2013); NABATT: A Sense of Being, contemporary art from Saudi Arabia (2010 Shanghai World Expo and Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China, 2010); SU:MBISORI, the inaugural contemporary art exhibition for Jeju Museum of Modern Art (Jeju Special Administrative Province, Korea, 2009); and USB, Korean diaspora artists, (Hangaram Art Museum at the Seoul Arts Center, Korea, 2009).
Working with European art institutions, she has served as an advisor for DACS Foundation (London, UK, 2015) and was also a project manager for contemporary art exhibitions and film screening programs, such as Fantasy Studio (Liverpool Biennal 2008, UK); Good Morning Mr. Nam June Paik, the inaugural exhibition for Korean Cultural Centre London (UK, 2008); Through the Looking Glass (Asia House, London, UK, 2006); and Seoul: Until Now! (Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2005)
Currently, she is conducting the research and archive project “Asian Diaspora Art in the UK and Germany,” commissioned by the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea.