I acknowledge, pay respect, and pay the rent to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live and conduct this creative practice: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. I pay my respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past and present, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Jacina Leong 梁玉明 is an artist-curator, educator and researcher of Chinese and Italian heritage engaged in critical practices of community engagement, arts management and post-representational curatorial research.

With fifteen years experience working with children and young people, school and university students, emerging and established artists, creative and cultural producers, researchers and educators, Jacina is committed to the role that cultural organisations can play in bringing people together to explore and respond to complex and converging crises: through situated, responsive and purposeful forms of engagement. Employing feminist methodologies of care ethics, this commitment has been shaped by professional experiences, including positions of leadership, working with and across social history and visual art museums, contemporary and regional galleries, universities and schools, local councils, international arts festivals and libraries.

She is a former Co-Director of Bus Projects, Public Programs Curator for The Cube and Ipswich Art Gallery, Producer for the Creative Industries Precinct, an ACMI CEO Digital mentor, and founding member of the Guerrilla Knowledge Unit.

Through these roles, and as an independent practitioner, Jacina has produced projects for Ars Electronica, Liquid Architecture, Queensland Museum, QUT, RMIT, and West Space; presented talks at Aarhus University, Arts House, Monash University, State Library of Queensland, University of Melbourne, UNSW and UTAS; and has writing published in the Journal of Public Pedagogies, Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art, and The World We Want: Dystopian and Utopian Impulses in Art Making.

Jacina is currently: a Sessional Academic at RMIT University, where she teaches undergraduate art theory and supervises emerging artists within the Master of Fine Art postgraduate program; a Research Fellow exploring critical-creative responses to ecological grief; and a member of the Darebin Council Art and Heritage Advisory Panel, as well as CAST (Contemporary Art and Social Transformation) and Mapping Future Imaginaries research groups. Her PhD (under examination) explores the complexities of caring in and through (post-representational curatorial) practice in a post-COVID world.

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