For the first time this year, China’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale is being curated by independent artists, and is not a government project. Four of the artists on show at Venice will talk about the issues facing contemporary art in China: what is it like to create in a country where the President has made his conservative views known on art and its political purposes? Is the campaign against corruption affecting prices in the art market? What is happening creatively on the Chinese art scene?
The event will be moderated by Ted Plafker, The Economist.
DATE: May 28 (Thursday)
VENUE: Beijing American Center, Suite 2801, Jingguang Center, Hujia Lou, Chaoyang District
ENTRANCE: free, only with registration and photo ID.
REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/28052015 by May 27, 3pm. If you are planning to bring a recording device, please say so in your reservation note. Unannounced recording devices will not be allowed in.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Cui Qiao (born in 1974) is the Director of the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF), and the curator of the China Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. Cui Qiao also leads a team starting an art center, Beijing Culture and Art Center (BCAC), that is devoted to connecting the local community to the international art platforms.
Xu Bing (born in 1955) is one of the best known Chinese artists in China and the international art world. His most famous work, Book From the Sky, is one of the most iconic works of contemporary Chinese art.
Believing that “art must transform life”, Qiu Zhijie (born in 1969) creates his work by intertwining humanist practice with Chinese traditional culture and political and social history. His art incorporates different media, like painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance and more. Besides writing several art books, he also curates exhibitions to prompt debate and propel the development new forms of arts in China.
Lu Yang (born in 1984) has become an increasingly important figure in the field of new media art and biological art in China. Using a variety of media: video, installation, animation, photography and video games, she explores existential issues about the nature of life and where it resides.