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Hello, my name is Kaitlin. I make zines + comics and also work in curating, public programs and art writing. I am excited by how printed matter and visual storytelling can help us see each other more clearly. I am currently based in Taipei working on a book of illustrated interviews of LGBTQ+ people of color with support from the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship.

My comic Deep End, published in the Asian American Writers' Workshop’s The Margins, was a Paris Review Staff Pick. My comics and writing have also appeared in The New Yorker, Popula, ArtAsiaPacific, In Other Words, daikon* and Kodachrome. Along with Beatrix Pang and Rachel Lau, I care for the Queer Reads Library, a mobile library of queer independent publications.

From 2017–2019, I was an assistant curator at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, where I co-curated A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun (named an Artforum Critic's Pick) and oversaw large-scale exhibitions of Robert Indiana and James Turrell. During this time, I also contributed to the independent art and culture publication Still / Loud. In 2017, I earned my BA in Studio Art and East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, with an honors drawing thesis about people waiting in public spaces: Pedestrian.

info (at) kaitlinchan.com

+ CV

Programs
香港藝術家分享|反送中運動與獨立出版, with 李俊峰, in collaboration with Lightbox Taipei, September 5, 2019
Under-Cover: Investigations in Art Publishing Artist Spotlight, video screening at Tai Kwun Contemporary, August 1, 2019
Zine-making workshop in collaboration with Ka-Man Tse and Hong Kong International Photo Festival, July 13, 2019
「香港のアート、カルチャーとコミュニティ」, with Zine Coop, Kitakagaya Flea Osaka, May 25, 2019
Cantonese/English Queer Lexicon workshop with Queer Reads Library, May 1, 2019
Sharing Space: On Independent Publishing, Libraries and Archives, with wares and indisczinepartij, Black Book Assembly, April 27, 2019
On Queer Visibility and Independent Publishing, with Marrz Baoloro and Serene Hui, April 26, 2019
Found in Translation: on Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, with Yoyo Chan, Harriet Hulme and Tammy Ho, Kubrick, April 16, 2019
On Love and Labor in Independent Publishing, with Gabriel Cheung of Small Potatoes Press, Bedroom, February 23, 2019
Ka-Man Tse’s Narrow Distances, with Ka-Man Tse, Leon Yee and Carman Fung, Eaton Workshop, January 12, 2019
The Benefits of Being Average Looking, Nerd Nite Hong Kong, September 17, 2018

Interviews/Reviews
The Queer Zine Library in Hong Kong That’s Finding a Global Community, AIGA Eye on Design, June 6, 2019
【短片】與「流動閱酷」Queer Reads Library創辦人對話,談出版酷兒小誌, Hokk Fabrica, June 2019
Hon Chi-fun’s Circles of Life: A Look at One of Hong Kong’s Most Important Artists, Zolima City Magazine, May 1, 2019
Hon Chi-fun at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Artforum Critic’s Picks, March 2019
【叛逆之徒】96歲藝術先驅個展前離世 韓志勳留下無限雲彩, Apple Daily, March 6 2019
Cool Shit That Nobody Knows About, City Magazine, March 2019
Decadence, Doodles and Deep Ends, The Paris Review Staff Picks, January 18, 2019
Queer your reading list for 2019, Still / Loud, January 7, 2019
The Power of Words, Hive Life, April 12, 2018

Book Fairs/Exhibitions
Eslite Book&Zine Market, September 2019
Kitakagaya Flea & Asia Book Market, May 2019
Black Book Assembly, May 2019
See. Saw. Zine?, Taipa Artist Village, Macau, April 2019
Hong Kong Queer Literary and Culture Festival, March 2019
8edroom Zine Club, February 2019
Booked, Tai Kwun Contemporary, January 2019
Tai Kok Tsui Zine Fest, Hong Kong, December 2018
Art book in China, Modern Art Museum, Shanghai November 2018
Human Progress Festival, Eaton Workshop, Hong Kong, November 2018
CultureFest at The Hive Spring, Hong Kong, October 2018
Singapore Art Book Fair, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, July 2018
MakerHive at The Hive Kennedy Town, February 2018
Pedestrian, solo thesis exhibition at Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, April 2017

Selected clients
Asia Art Archive in America
The Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Wesleyan's College of East Asian Studies
The Center for Prison Education
Museum 2050

Grants/Awards
Mortimer Brandeis-Hays Traveling Fellowship, Brandeis University, 2019 – 2020
Asia Society Global Staff Development Business Travel Fund recipient, 2018
Young Writers’ Contest, second place, ArtAsiaPacific magazine, 2018
Jessup Prize for art and design, Wesleyan University, 2017
Honors for senior thesis exhibition Pedestrian, Wesleyan University, 2017
Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society fall inductee, 2016
Bernard J. Zawisa ‘49 Endowed Studio Art Award, Wesleyan University, 2016