Jacina was born in Melbourne on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, to a Hong Kong immigrant and first generation Australian-Italian, grew up in Brisbane on the lands of the Turrbul people, and now lives and works on unceded lands in Melbourne. She believes that responses to matters of concern—environmental, political, technological, social—necessitate not only diverse perspectives but also an ethics of care. She is committed to the roles that cultural and other civic institutions can play in bringing people together to develop and explore critical-creative responses through transformational activities. This commitment has been shaped by professional and personal experiences working over the past decade with and for universities, national and international festivals, museums and galleries, libraries and schools. It is a commitment that underpins Jacina’s work as an artist-curator, educator and researcher, and an approach to curatorial practice that she understands as the experimental possibility of bringing people together to explore possible futures.
Most recently, Jacina was co-investigator of the (ongoing) project, Social Media, Digital Wayfaring and Future Museum Audiences: a RMIT and ACMI initiative, founding co-member of the Guerrilla Knowledge Unit (Brisbane, Linz, Melbourne), curator for ROBOTRONICA (Brisbane), guest facilitator of the Future Innovators Summit (Ars Electronica Tokyo Initiative), and co-curator of the provocation, Curating In The Age of Automation (RMIT and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto). From 2012 to 2017, Jacina led the development of a STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) engagement program at The Cube (QUT), collaborating with local, national and international partners to foreground the critical importance of the arts in bringing publics together to explore and respond to urgent sci-tech issues. (Her Masters thesis proposes a pedagogical-curatorial framework for STEAM engagement informed by her practice at The Cube and research of leading North American exponents.) She has also worked as a sessional academic (QUT and RMIT), in public program development (Ipswich Art Gallery and Creative Industries Precinct), collaborative learning space design and strategy, gallery management (Jan Murphy Gallery), and was advisor to the inaugural Make Nice un-conference (VIVID Festival, Sydney). Jacina is currently a PhD candidate in the College of Design & Social Context, RMIT University.
In writing her biography, Jacina acknowledges this article by Tamson Pietsch on the importance of articulating where she stands by foregrounding an historical process of formation, the lands on which she works and lives, her commitments and values—and recognising that this is necessarily a work in progress.