The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Grants Presentation | Chen Shuxia and Lu Mingjun

When Fri, 4 Nov 2016, 3–6pm
Where Room 4.34, 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam (5 mins walk from HKU Station exit C1)
Language English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation in both languages)

Asia Art Archive hosts presentations by Chen Shuxia, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Curatorial Residency Programme 2014 Grantee; and Lu Mingjun, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2015 Grantee.

Chen introduces ‘From Socialist Realism to Reconstructing Realities: April Photo Society, 1976–1988’, a project that analyses the history and work of the April Photo Society across the first decade of China's reform era. This research, which is also being developed into an exhibition project on this seminal photo group, is part of a broader study examining the transition in Chinese photography from the Socialist Realism of the Maoist era to the humanistic concerns of the 1980s.

Lu presents ‘Post-Sense Sensibility and Art for Sale: Two Exhibitions in 1999 and their Aftermath, a research project that takes the 1999 art exhibitions ‘Post-Sense Sensibility’ and ‘Art for Sale’ as case studies to reconstruct the development of contemporary art in Mainland China during the late 1990s. Lu examines how the two exhibitions influenced participating artists and raised fundamental questions around contemporary Chinese art during a period of rising commodification.

Chen Shuxia is a PhD candidate at the Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University, with a research focus on Chinese photography and its aesthetic transformation in the 1980s. Chen holds an MA in Art History from the University of Sydney; and an MA in Studio Art from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

Lu Mingjun received a PhD in history from Sichuan University in 2011. He is currently Associate Professor and Postgraduate Tutor in Fine Arts at the Arts College of Sichuan University, and Art Director of Surplus Space. Lu’s research interests include history of modern and contemporary Chinese art, and art historiography in Europe and the US since the 1960s. His academic essays have been published in Literature & Art StudiesArt ResearchTwenty-first CenturyArt Criticism in Taiwan, and Frontiers. His recent books include Writing and Narrating of Vision: The Vision of History and Theory (2013); Visual Cognition and Art History: Michel Foucault, Hubert Damisch, Jonathan Crary (2014); and On Meta-Painting: An Art Institution and Cognition of Universality (2015).


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  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Grants Presentation: Chen Shuxia
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Grants Presentation: Lu Mingjun
Image: Photographed at the Old Summer Palace by Li Xiaobin, 1980. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Courtesy of Lu Mingjun.
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