Zena Khan is an independent curator and researcher who is specialising in Malaysian contemporary art and is invested in the formation of canons in emerging art markets, the evolving role of the artist residency and working with female artists. Additionally, she produces research and exhibitions for The Aliya and Farouk Khan Collection of Contemporary Malaysian Art, a seminal private collection of the first generation of Malaysian contemporary art. Her practice is delivered across several curatorial platforms, including the production of exhibitions, publication of books and a series of culture columns for art and luxury publications.
As an independent curator Khan has curated several exhibitions in Malaysia and London, including Past (Battersea Power Station, London, 2018) Marking The Time (Core Design Gallery/Artcube Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2018), Open House (Delfina Foundation as part of the Royal College of Art Graduate Projects, London, May 2017), Debunking the Myth (Core Design Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2016). Publications she has worked on include Aku… Dalam Mencari Rukun (2018, National Gallery Malaysia), Life Between The Dots (2017, Core Design Gallery, Kuala Lumpur) and Siri Rasa Bertuhan (2014, Pahang State Museum). She writes on a freelance basis as a cultural contributor for luxury magazines in Asia, and has had articles featured in The Artling, Buro 24/7 Malaysia, Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia and Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan. Khan received a Master’s degree in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art London in 2017.