1 Nov 2016

Asia Art Archive (AAA) now calls for proposals for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant, application closes on 19 Nov. With support from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, the grant offers one-year fellowships to up to three individuals to study the AAA collection and develop historical research projects on topics relating to contemporary art in Greater China region. 

Courtesy of Chen Shuxia.

The top grantee will be awarded US$15,000 and is expected to research onsite at AAA in Hong Kong for up to two months in addition to fieldwork in the region relevant to the project. Up to two runners-up will be awarded US$5,000 each for their research projects. Postgraduates (including pre-doctoral fellows) with a research focus on contemporary art or Greater China studies, and independent scholars and writers with solid research and publication track records are welcome to submit their applications.

2014 and 2015 Grantees Chen Shuxia and Lu Mingjun will present their research project on 4 Nov 2016 at The University of Hong Kong.

Image: Photographed at the Old Summer Palace by Li Xiaobin, 1980.
Image: Photographed at the Old Summer Palace by Li Xiaobin, 1980.
Courtesy of the artist.

In the presentations, 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. The project 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: 1999 and Beyond’, 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, a period of rising commodification.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2016 - Application Guidelines
Deadline: 19 Nov 2016
Submission: The applicants are required to send their proposals including their CV, research project description, tentative timeline, and budget proposal, to research@aaa.org.hk
Presentations by Chen Shuxia and Lu Mingjun
Time & Date: 4 Nov 2016 (Fri), 3–6pm
Location: Room 4.34, 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam
Language: English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation in both languages)