Sites of Construction: Exhibitions and the making of recent art history in Asia

When 21 - 23 Oct 2013
Where agnès b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Exhibitions are where artworks meet their publics. In the context of Asia, however, in the absence of systematic public collections and substantial academic art history departments dedicated to 20th and 21st century art from the region, exhibitions have become the primary sites of art historical construction. This symposium is part of a long-term inquiry into the implication of this phenomenon, and will be organised in four sessions punctuated by three keynote speeches.

Four sessions:

Exhibition as Site - How have exhibitions and exhibition-makers responded to differences in the nature of contexts – institutional, geographic and of audiences – and to what effect?

Exhibition as Site - Extended Case Study (China 1993) - How have a small number of influential exhibitions in 1993, including the 45th edition of the Venice Biennale, exerted an inordinate influence in shaping the discourse around contemporary art from China?

Exhibition as Cartographic Articulation - How have recent exhibitions framed nations and/or regions, and what environmental, historical or institutional factors have driven these geographic imaginings?

Exhibition as Historical Proposition - What historical narratives of modernity, the postcolonial condition, the global contemporary or cultural affinity, are recent exhibitions proposing? 

Keynote speakers:

John Clark, Professor of Asian Art History, University of Sydney
Gao Shiming, Vice Dean of the School of Inter-Media Art, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
Irit Rogoff
, Professor of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London

Confirmed participants include:
Thomas Berghuis, Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Johnson Chang, curator and Director of Hanart TZ Gallery
Iftikhar Dadi, Chair of the Department of Art, Cornell University
Sophie Ernst, artist, Bussum
Patrick Flores
, Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, University of the Philippines
Joan Kee, Assistant Professor, History of Art, University of Michigan
Kong Chang’an
, independent curator, Los Angeles
Daniel Kurjakovic, researcher, curator and writer, Paris
Francesca Dal Lago
, independent scholar, Vicenza
Lau Kin Wah, art writer, Hong Kong
Andreas Schmid, artist and independent curator, Berlin
Nora Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
David Teh, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

Selected open call papers:
Annette Bhagwati, Project Director, ‘The Anthropocene Project’, House of World Cultures, Berlin
Kevin Chua, Associate Professor, 18th and 19th Century European Art and Contemporary Asian Art, Texas Tech University
Pamela Corey, PhD Candidate, History of Art, Archaeology, and Visual Studies, Cornell University
Atreyee Gupta, Goethe Fellow, Haus der Kunst, Munich
Simon Soon, PhD Candidate, Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney
Lucy Steeds, Editor, Afterall Books: Exhibition Histories; Pathway Leader, MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
Details of the symposium will be updated

‘Sites of Construction’ is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

In collaboration with: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Funded in part by: Burger Collection
Publication Partner: Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Design Partner: 84000communications

The content of these programmes does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


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