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  • Jan 24, 2024

Para Site Names New Board Members With Deep Hong Kong Ties

New Para Site board members: (left to right) ADELINE OOI, photo by Tara Sosrowardoyo, and YUKI TERASE. Courtesy Para Site, Hong Kong.

Three new board members of Para Site will bring decades of experience in the art world to the Hong Kong nonprofit art space. Para Site announced on January 24 that the former Asia director for Art Basel, Adeline Ooi, collector Honus Tandijono, and founding partner of Art Intelligence Global, Yuki Terase, will take up their new roles this coming February. The trio will work with executive director and curator Billy Tang and the rest of the Para Site team to inaugurate a new chapter in the organization’s nearly three-decade history.

Tang said of the appointees: “Their diverse backgrounds and expertise in the art world will not only bring a fresh perspective to our board but also help us to strengthen our programs, expand our reach, and increase our impact in the community in Hong Kong and beyond. Their collective experience in curation, collecting, and building vital new infrastructure will bring a unique perspective to our board and help us to further our goal of supporting emerging artists and promoting contemporary art in the region.”

The newly appointed members are industry veterans. Ooi played a leading role at Art Basel as director for Asia from 2015 to 2023 and was a member of Art Basel’s executive committee. When she joined Art Basel in 2013, Ooi was tasked with helping establish the international art fair in Hong Kong after the purchase of ArtHK. Ooi began her career by specializing in the Southeast Asia region, focusing on Malaysian, Indonesian, and Filipino contemporary art. In 2009, she directed and co-founded the Malaysia-based cultural agency RogueArt. She told ArtAsiaPacific: “I am deeply honored to join Para Site, an organization close to my heart. I look forward to ‘returning’ to my nonprofit roots by working closely with Billy and the PS team on pursuing new models to better serve and support artists and curators in the region.”

Tandijono has been a member of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council since 2019, advising its Asian art exhibition, collection, and educational initiatives. He is a founding benefactor of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum and a member of M+ Council for New Art (2018–20; 2021–23), where he and 11 other members are working to expand the museum’s Sigg Collection by contributing collections of young and emerging artists from the Greater China region. Tandijono previously served as an advisor to Para Site, was a member of the International Circle of Paris’s Centre Pompidou (2014–20), and supported Philippe Parreno’s Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission Anywhen (2016) in London.

Terase has been a founding partner of Art Intelligence Global since 2021. She began her career at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 2011 and was appointed head of contemporary art for Asia in 2018. During her decade-long tenure at Sotheby’s, Terase contributed significantly to company’s success by overseeing record-breaking sales of Asian contemporary art, placing numerous blue-chip works into well-established private and institutional collections, and working with cultural leaders to organize themed auctions that set trends for collectors in the Asian art market.    

Ooi, Tandijono, and Terase will join the existing board consisting of chair Alan Lau Ka Ming, vice chair Mimi Chun Mei-Lor, treasurer Antony Dapiran, secretary Sara Wong Chi Hang, Nick Adamus, Shane Akeroyd, Bonnie Chan Woo Tak Chi, Yeewan Koon, Alan Y. Lo, Federico Tan, and Young Kar Fai Samson.

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