The 3rd Jakarta Contemporary Ceramic Biennale (JCCB#3) is proud to present Wendy Gers, a notable art writer and curator—who was appointed as the Curator of the recent 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale—, to share her thought and experience for the upcoming symposium—a sub-program to the JCCB#3’s lecture series. She is a lecturer at l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design, Valenciennes, France since 2011; Gers is also a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gers has published widely and is author of various museum catalogues, and has published in scholarly journals including Image and Text, Art South Africa, Ceramic Review, African Arts and La Révue de la Céramique et du Verre, etc. She has also acted as a guest Reviewer for De Arte Journal and is finalizing a large publication on Southern African Potteries (1880-1980).
Gers finished her bachelor degree with a major in History of Art & Classical Civilization; and holds an Advanced University Diploma in Information Studies; as well as a Master Degree in History of Art (cum laude), from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She worked as the curator at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (1996-2001).
In relation to the upcoming symposium of JCCB#3, Gers will highlight the influence of digital technology on the praxis of ceramics. The 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale entitled “Terra-Nova: Critical Currents/ Contemporary Ceramic” correlates strongly with the theme of JCCB#3: “Coefficient of Expansion”. Her attentive scrutiny to the dynamic intersection between ceramics art, design and craft, will provide a deepened perspective toward the development and “expansion” of contemporary ceramics.