Jacqueline Mabey’s work is shaped by studies at McGill University and The University of British Columbia, and by multifarious professional experience in commercial galleries, museums, and artist studios. They work in a research-based curatorial model, exploring a set of recurrent themes: desire, power, visibility, vulnerability, and creative community. They create texts and contexts for the analysis and presentation of contemporary art in a spirit of rigorous openness, as an invitation to the reader or viewer to actively participate in the process of making meaning.
Mabey is a co-founder of Art+Feminism, an international, activist curatorial platform. They have curated the work of artists including Yael Bartana, Hannah Black, Kate Gilmore, Lucia Hierro, Brendan Fernandes, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jen Liu, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Jumana Manna, Divya Mehra, Lorraine O’Grady, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Legacy Russell, and Addie Wagenknecht. Mabey has spoken about their work at venues such as Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, London; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Columbia University in the City of New York; International Center of Photography, New York; and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. They participated in residencies at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles; and the Darling Foundry, Montreal. In 2014, they were named a Leading Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.
Mabey is a PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at University College London, supervised by Dr. Stephanie Schwartz. They also work independently under the honorific,
failed projects. They were born in the land of the Lenape, raised in Miꞌkmaꞌki, and currently split their time between London and Lenapehoking (Brooklyn). You can contact them by email at email@example.com.