Sophia Cai

Curator & Arts Writer
Sessional Lecturer, Critical and Theoretical Studies, University of Melbourne

Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer based in Narrm/Birraranga (Melbourne, Australia). She currently teaches as a sessional lecturer in the department of Critical and Theoretical Studies, Victorian College of Arts at the University of Melbourne, while also maintaining an independent curating and writing practice. Sophia is particularly interested in Asian art history, the intersection between contemporary art and craft, as well as feminist methodologies and community-based practices.

Sophia completed her Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London in 2014, specialising in contemporary Chinese art post 1979. Prior to this, she graduated from the Australian National University with a First-Class Honours degree in Art History and Curatorship in 2011, receiving the Janet Wilkie Art History Prize for her thesis on contemporary Chinese photography.

As an independent curator Sophia has worked on a number of projects and exhibitions. Recent projects include Some words are just between us at Firstdraft, Closing the Distance at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, No Woman is an Island at BLINDSIDE, Every Dog Will Have its Day at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (with Kathleen Linn), For Love or Moneyat Town Hall Gallery, and The Four Letter Word at Artbank as part of its Emerging Curators Program. She has delivered public programs and talks at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Craft Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, RMIT and more.

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