Tessa Maria Guazon

University of the Philippines / Contemporary Art Curator

Her curatorial and research interests center on contemporary art practices in Southeast Asia and art’s mediation of the public sphere.

Her most recent research and curatorial projects include the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network (SEANNET) organized by the IIAS (International Institute of Asian Studies) Leiden, the Netherlands, and funded by The Luce Foundation in New York; the traveling exhibition Notes for Tomorrow organized by the ICI International (Independent Curators International) New York; and the Philippine Pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Biennale. She is currently participating in the Interlocutors Program of the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial organized by the QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art) Brisbane, Australia, and the curatorial team of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Taiwan.

She received the University of the Philippines Artist Award (2016 to 2019, 2013 to 2015) and the Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship from 2013 to 2014. She was a researcher in residence at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan in 2017. Her essays and reviews have been published in anthologies, academic journals, and exhibition catalogs. Her recent writings include chapters for the book Adhika on the University of the Philippines Diliman art collections, forthcoming book chapters for an anthology on art and vernacular resilience (Amsterdam University Press), and food relief networks and artist initiatives in Manila during the pandemic (London School of Economics Press).