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Mayumi Hirano

Senior Lecturer

Curatorial Practice


Mayumi Hirano is co-founder and co-facilitator of the art initiative, Load na Dito Projects since 2016. Her curatorial practice revolves around the problem of invisible work entailed in art projects. It speculates and challenges the structures that fashion the dominant discourse of art and the power hierarchy within it. Her research focuses on the functions and potentials of art exhibitions and festivals as a temporal space of intercultural knowledge production and circulation and as a platform to nurture mutual responsibility, proposing curatorial methodologies grounded in context. Subjects of her ongoing research include shifts in curatorial methods in the early years of the Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (VIVA-ExCon), and cultural solidarity movements through Japan-Negros Campaign.

Her professional work includes Project Manager of Gwangju Biennale 2018, Curator of Koganecho Bazaar (Yokohama, 2008-2013), Adjunct researcher for Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong. 2006-2008), and Curatorial Assistant of Yokohama Triennale 2005. She is a recipient of Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art and Nippon Foundation's Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship. She completed her Master's studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.



In the era of Post-LCC. exhibition. 18 Nov.-27 Nov, 2022, Load na Dito, Quezon City
Seizo Tahima and the Philippines in the 1980s. research project. 2022

Hirano, Mayumi (Ed.). Please Use Other Door; Another Look at Exhibition Making, Load na Dito, 2021.
Hirano, Mayumi, and Mark Salvatus. "Almost Curating: Tensions and Hangings." Writing Presently, PCAN, 2020.
Sharing the Field: Exchanges between Japan and Philippines Through Art. symposium. 24 Mar, 2019. Osaka Electro-Communication University VisLab Osaka

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