Emily Verla Bovino is an art historian, artist and art writer who works with curation in research and writing. She is presently a Research Grants Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong. She spent formative years in Hong Kong from 1984 to 1991 and returned to the city in 2018 as Professor of Art History at SCAD Hong Kong where she started the curatorial initiative Art Now! for the former North Kowloon Magistracy. In 2021, she was awarded an M+/Design Trust Research Fellowship in Design and Architecture at the M+ Museum of Visual Culture for a project on miniature, including micro-scale models of Hong Kong street scenes, collectible model buses and soft-vinyl designer toys. Her research focuses on the role of concepts in art practice; the lecture as a format in contemporary art; curatorial practice and research; art criticism as an expanded field; and intersections between contemporary art, architecture, urbanism and film.
Her writing has appeared in Ocula, Mousse, Spike Art Quarterly, Architectural Review, Pin Up, Frieze, Art Papers, Art Margins Online and Artforum.com. She is a regular contributor to the Italian journal Engramma and her research has been published in Museum Anthropology and the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. As an artist, she has been hosted for artist residencies at SOMA (Mexico City), Fieldwork: Marfa (Texas) and Futura (Czech Republic) and has collaborated with soundpocket (Hong Kong), Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht), Altar Projects (San Francisco), and the Gulf Labor Coalition (New York). Her work has been presented with the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and the Arts (Hong Kong), the & Now Festival of New Writing (San Diego), Robert Walser Zentrum (Bern), Kunstraum Oktagon (Bern), Viafarini (Milan), ETC galerie (Czech Republic) and ApexArt (New York), among others.
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