Rachel Poonsiriwong (she/her) is an independent curator and product designer researching ritualistic practices and intergenerational trauma in intersection with diasporic cultures. Her most recent show is Water is Thicker than Blood, a group exhibition at Root Division (San Francisco, CA) which features interdisciplinary artists that reflect on familial traumas to catalyze healing. Through her curatorial practice, Rachel nurtures contemplative and vulnerable spaces for healing that are inclusive towards the public. Her current curatorial projects focus on themes of ancestry, inherited practices and reclaimative myth-making as means of decolonizing contemporary life.
She has curated, designed and helped program art projects at galleries around the world, such as Chan + Hori Contemporary (Singapore) and SOMArts (San Francisco, CA). Previously, Rachel has also held a fellowship position at the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, where she developed art education programs for public high schools. At the California College of the Arts, she attained a BFA (with High Distinction) in Interaction Design and the History of Art and Visual Culture. Rachel is an active member of the Asian American Women Artists Association, and is recognized for her impact as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum.
Rachel lives in San Francisco, which is the unceded ancestral homeland of the Yelamu, a local tribe of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples.
Water is Thicker than Blood
January 8, 2022 - February 12, 2022
Root Division, San Francisco
April 30, 2021 - May 23, 2021
SOMArts, San Francisco
Asian American Women Artists Association