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Dr Michelle Antoinette is a researcher of modern and contemporary Asian art. She is currently an ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer (Art History & Curating) at Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA); she joined MADA in 2017.

Her current ARC DECRA research project explores new public participation in Asian art and museums in Asia. Her previous and ongoing research focuses on the contemporary art histories of Southeast Asia on which she has published widely.

She was previously affiliated with the Australian National Unviersity (ANU) and an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow there from 2010-2013 for the project, 'The Rise of New Cultural Networks in Asia in the Twenty-First Century' (DP1096041) which researched the emergence of new regional and international networks of contemporary Asian art and museums.

Her major publications on contemporary Asian art are Reworlding Art History: Encounters with Contemporary Southeast Asian Art after 1990 (Brill | Rodopi, 2015) and as co-editor with Caroline Turner, Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making (ANU Press, 2014). She was also Convenor and Lecturer at the ANU for courses on Asian and Pacific art and museums.


  • Modern and Contemporary Asian art
  • Southeast Asian Art
  • Contemporary Art History & Art Theory
  • Visual Culture Studies
  • Asian-Australian Art & Asian Art Diasporas
  • Museums, Exhibitions & Curating
  • Global Art & World Art

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2005 2019

Collaging Asia: Asia Art Archive as Shaper of Knowledge

Antoinette, M., 2019, Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Monash University Museum of Art and Perimeter Editions. 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearch

Making Art (A Public) Matter in Asia: The Social Intervention Aesthetics of Tintin Wulia in Hong Kong

Antoinette, M., 2018, In : Public Art Dialogue. 8, 2, p. 258-289 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

See Like a Heretic: On Vision and Belief

Antoinette, M., 2018, Singapore: Gajah Gallery. 26 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearch

Activities 2013 2018

Invited Contribution to the Rockbund Museum Shanghai's Reading Room exhibition and collective bibliography on Southeast Asian exhibition practices in the 1990s

Michelle Antoinette (Contributor)
15 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

Panel Co-convenor: "Contemporary Asian Art Worlds" at Asian Studies Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference 2018

Michelle Antoinette (Contributor)
3 Jul 20185 Jul 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Speaker: "Art as Activism, Activism as Art: Interventions in Art and the Public Sphere in Southeast Asia" at Cultural Activism in Southeast Asia

Michelle Antoinette (Speaker)
19 Jun 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Panel Convenor: “Theorising and Historicising Contemporary Asian Art" at AAANZ Annual Conference 2018

Michelle Antoinette (Contributor)
4 Dec 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event