Vera Mey is a PhD candidate in History of Art & Archaeology at SOAS, University of London supervised by Professor Ashley Thompson. Prior to this, she spent several years working as a contemporary art curator in institutions including ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT University, New Zealand and was founding curator of the Residencies Programme at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (2014 – 2016) led by Professor Ute Meta Bauer. More recent independent work has included curating exhibitions in Auckland, Bangkok, Paris, Phnom Penh, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo. In 2017 she was co-curator of SUNSHOWER: Contemporary art from Southeast Asia 1980s to now at the Mori Art Museum and National Art Centre Tokyo which was the largest survey of Southeast Asian artists to be exhibited, working in a team led by Mami Kataoka. Research work includes being a scholar on Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, a research initiative of the Getty Foundation.