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.