Ms Vera Mey

Key information

BA (Victoria University of Wellington), MA (VUW)
Email address
Thesis title
Signs of a region: in search of the aesthetic imagination of Southeast Asia after 1948 (working title)
Internal Supervisors
Professor Ashley Thompson & Dr Ben Murtagh


Vera Mey commenced PhD studies at SOAS in 2016. Prior to this, she spent several years working as a contemporary art curator in institutions including ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT University, New Zealand and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, a contemporary art research centre in Singapore led by Prof. Ute Meta Bauer. More recent independent work has included co-curating and curating exhibitions in New Zealand, Bangkok, Paris, Phnom Penh, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo including in 2017, "SUNSHOWER: Contemporary art from Southeast Asia 1980s to now" at the Mori Art Museum and National Art Centre Tokyo which was the largest survey of Southeast Asian artists to be exhibited, working in a team led by Mami Kataoka. In 2015-16 she was a scholar on Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, a research initiative of the Getty Foundation. She is co-founder of the peer reviewed journal SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia published by NUS Press (Singapore).

Research interests

  • Southeast Asia
  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Exhibition Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory

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