Tessa Maria Guazon (b. 1973, Manila) is curator and Assistant Professor of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her curatorial and research projects center on urbanization, city spaces, and place-making through contemporary art.
She has curated exhibitions for institutions, most recently: Lawas Public Art at the UP Diliman campus grounds and Consonant Forms, Resonant Practice at the Yuchengco Museum Makati City. In 2017, she co-curated Tropical Cyclone at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Taipei, Taiwan. Her exhibition Plying the Seas, Divining the Skies explored place, belonging, and loss in new media art, installations, and photographs of Taiwanese artists.
Current projects include the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network organized by the Urban Knowledge Network Asia and the International Institute of Asian Studies Leiden, the Netherlands. Her case study on art and gentrification considers the curatorial potential of research-oriented projects. She curated Island Weather for the Philippine Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Arts Biennale.
She has received fellowships for research and fieldwork in Asia and has lived in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan. She was recipient of the 2013 Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship and was researcher in residence at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan in 2017. Her essays and reviews have been published in anthologies, academic journals, and exhibition catalogs.