Bex Kwan

Bex Kwan is an artist, organizer, and athlete of Han Chinese descent who was born and raised in Singapore. Engaged in a lifelong process of undoing the effects of growing up in a society rooted in Chinese supremacy culture, they are invested in creating loving movement spaces and consider deep friendship to be the basis of their work.

Bex first became politicized through queer and trans organizing for mental health care, and then later cut their teeth as a young organizer through anti-racism student organizing in social work school. As the Senior Organizer at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), they worked on national, state, regional, and local reproductive justice campaigns and facilitated grassroots organizing trainings for young Asian women and gender non-conforming people. Currently, Bex is organizing with a peer counseling collective to address mental health needs outside the carceral state in the New York City Asian and Asian American community.

Bex’s organizing practice is inseparable from their creative practice. Their art making spans performance, puppetry, and installation. With their creative partner So Mak, they are Jerome Hill Artist Fellows and artists in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX).  So + Bex have been selected for residencies with cultural institutions such as BRIC, The Trans Theatre Festival and most recently created a commission for the High Line’s Out of Line series. Bex is an alumnus of EMERGENYC—the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program and their solo performance work has been featured at La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), and many theaters and educational institutions around the United States. 

At AORTA, Bex’s heart lies in conflict work, and they bring a dedication to supporting people in moving through conflict with rigor and skill. They are currently an apprentice mediator at the New York Peace Institute. As a facilitator, Bex has worked with grassroots organizers, co-operatives, non-profits, and universities on political education, anti-oppression practices, and strategic planning.  Formerly an educator in pre-schools, they love to create environments that inspire play and new possibilities while remaining grounded in a pursuit of systemic and cultural transformation.

Bex has lived collectively for 11 years and is (proudly) a housing co-op nerd. They currently live in a housing co-op in Brooklyn, NY with many loved ones and their dog Kaya.