Things They Don’t Tell You is a weekly online column that dives deep into the lives of Prestige 40 Under 40 class of 2020 laureates, where they share little-known stories and offer insights on things that go under-the-radar. This week, we get candid with artist, programme and content curator Abigail Han.
I feel that the profession chose me instead of the other way around. Graduating from school with an art degree offers many possibilities because it has taught me to use my skills in different ways. I dabbled in programme curating first at the J. Paul Getty Museum within the education department and loved it. I got that job because I loved being in the museum. Subsequently, I got jobs doing the same thing over and over again.
I’m grateful to have been able to pursue art in school and, currently, being able to continue in the joy of exploring different mediums as something I truly enjoy alongside my professional career.
I would like to think that I can multitask at hyper speed — that goes for physical activity as well as mental thought.
Fear is good at times. But remember, perfect love casts out all fear.
Community and hospitality are huge for me. Also, programming curating, art, the less fortunate, social enterprises, small businesses, and community. I love bringing people together and throwing dinner parties so people can meet and have a good time.
One of the biggest highlights of my career is planning a private trip for 1880 members to meet the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Lilias Trotter could have been the greatest water-colourist of her time. All the art critics said so, but she gave up her artistic career to serve the poor and less fortunate in Algeria. She reminds me that there is more to life and that changing the world doesn’t always have to be a glamorous job.
My husband says I have too many friends.
It is ok to take risks. Failure is necessary, don’t shy away from it.
God forgive me, but I just love a good mezcal… or orange wine. Get me either, anytime!
I’d rather be shot than to not travel or eat again.
Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and think of yourself less, not think less of yourself.
I’d tell little Abigail to not be afraid of the road less travelled. It has turned out pretty good for you.
Life is not linear. There are many plot twists. Embrace every one of them.
What makes me feel good is really good cup of coffee, a good tennis game, and a well-thrown dinner party.
(All images: Abigail Han)
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