Dr Mikala Tai is the director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.
As a curator, researcher and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art, she has collaborated with local, national, and international organisations to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia. Her curatorial projects at 4A include “Before the Rain” (2017); “I don’t want to be there when it happens” (co-curated with Kate Warren and expanded at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts with Eugenio Viola, 2017); and “Jogja Calling” (2016). She received critical acclaim for her organisation of the performance program at Art Central Hong Kong (2016 and 2017). Her independent curatorial projects include “Abdullah M.I. Syed: Diving Economy—Structures” (Aicon Gallery, New York, 2017), “Closing the Gap: Contemporary Indonesian Art” (Melbourne Intercultural Fine Art, 2011), and “Yang Yongliang: On the Quiet Water” (Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, 2009).
Mikala has taught at Monash University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and the University of Melbourne in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Her writing can be found in several exhibition catalogues in addition to periodicals such as Broadsheet Journal, Art Monthly Australasia, Photofile, Vault, and Ocula. In 2015, Mikala received her PhD, focusing on the influence of the global city on China’s local art infrastructure from UNSW.