Public Talk | Yung Ma and Susanne Pfeffer In Conversation

Public Talk | Yung Ma and Susanne Pfeffer In Conversation
 | Tuesday 15 August, 6pm
Location | Artspace, Level 2, Seminar Room

Yung Ma

Susanne Pfeffer. Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski

Maud Page


Join us for an in-conversation with internationally renowned curators Yung Ma and Susanne Pfeffer, facilitated by Maud Page, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales. These conversations will span their curatorial methodologies and careers working in some of the most important contemporary art institutions in Asia and Europe.


Yung Ma is currently Curator of the Contemporary Art and Prospective Department at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, a role that was created in collaboration with the K11 Art Foundation. Formerly Associate Curator of Moving Image at M+ in Hong Kong, he had been part of the core curatorial team for M+ since its inception in 2011, and twice co-curator of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013 and 2009). At M+, he looked after the institution's moving image portfolio, helping to define and build the collection while conceiving the ongoing M+ Screenings series and the exhibition Mobile M+: Moving Images, 2015.


Susanne Pfeffer is an art historian and curator based in Germany. She has been director at the Fridericianum in Kassel since 2013. Pfeffer is currently serving as curator for the German Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia presenting Anne Imhof’s exhibition Faust, which was awarded the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. She curated the Swiss Pavilion at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, presenting an immersive installation Our Product by Pamela Rosenkranz.


Pfeffer has served as a curator for the São Paulo Biennale and the Lyon Biennale, as well as the Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and the Museion Bozen. She was previously chief curator of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2007–2012), curator and consultant at MoMA PS1 in New York and was artistic director of Künstlerhaus Bremen (2004-2006).


Maud Page joined the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2017 as Deputy Director and Director of Collections. She was previously Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane. She played a key leadership role in formulating the museum’s strategic direction and was instrumental in the realisation of major exhibitions and projects, including the Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art. Her former role as Senior Curator of Pacific art saw her develop the most comprehensive collection of contemporary Pacific art in the region.

Page oversees the development and direction of the Gallery’s collections. She is responsible for the management and operation of the Gallery’s acquisition program, the conservation and display of the collection, curatorial content and development of exhibitions and the Gallery’s extensive research archive. As Deputy Director, she is responsible for the curatorial direction for the Gallery’s Sydney Modern expansion.

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