Meet Tiffany Chae
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)
MA Contemporary Art, London, 2012
How has your career evolved since you graduated from Sotheby's Institute? How did you come to your current position?
During my time on the MA Contemporary Art (MACA) program, I met a group of like-minded peers who shared my desire to navigate London's art hot spots. When we graduated, our shared enthusiasm resulted in the launch of ArtworldNow, an online publishing platform for reviews of shows around the globe that was initiated by fellow alumnus Martin MacDonald. Being a contributor to this forum encouraged me to keep writing about art in Seoul, while simultaneously working as a project coordinator for various art projects in the city. Later, I worked for 4 years as an editor at Art in Culture, Korea's prestigious monthly journal focusing on global contemporary art. My team and I were responsible for the entire publishing process: planning, commissioning and contributing articles, photography, layout, copywriting, editing, and printing. I was often invited as a member of the international press to attend biennials, international symposia, and art fairs, which helped widen my art world perspectives and gain more exposure in international magazines, such as Frieze and ArtReview Asia. During this time, my interest in participating in the development of physical exhibitions increased. So I decided to join Gwangju Biennale's Exhibition Team.
How did your time on the MA program prepare you for what you are doing now? What was your favorite part of the program and what was most relevant to the role you have now?
I truly enjoyed the privileged access we were granted to London's most influential critics, independent curators, and researchers, not just through their lectures but also through personal interactions with them during tutorials and field trips. I appreciated their detailed feedback and insight when I was preparing my dissertation and other writing assignments. I believe this experience really encouraged me to keep writing about art. Also, I often found myself impressed and inspired by my fellow students. I still keep in touch with many of them.