This interview was conducted at Liao Wen's home in Beijing on 6 November 2007. 


Biography:

Liao Wen (b. 1961, Beijing) is an independent curator and art critic whose art interest includes the intersection of art and feminism.

Liao graduated from the Department of Chinese Language at the Capital Normal University in 1984, and in 1987, was appointed as a journalist and editor of Fine Arts in China (Zhongguo meishubao). Liao helped to arrange the exhibition ‘China’s New Art, Post-1989’ (Hong Kong, 1993) and organized the exhibitions ‘Women’s Approach to Chinese Contemporary Art’ (1995), ‘Woman and Flowers’ (1997), ‘Personal Touch’ (1998), ‘Ouh La La Kitsch’ (1999), ‘Eros Untimely Death’ (2005) and ‘Floweriness’ (2006).

Some of her publications include a book on feminism and women’s art (Nuxing zhuyi zuowei fangshi: nuxing yishu) (1999), No More Nice Girls: Interviews with the American Feminist Critics and Artists (2001) and a recent book about the female in the art of antiquity (Lufei hongshou: gudai xingxiang he guige yishu) (2005).


簡歷︰

廖雯,1961年生於北京。獨立策展人、批評家,女性藝術研究者。

1984年畢業於北京首都師範大學中文系,1987年任《中國美術報》專職記者兼編輯。1993年起成為獨立策劃人和批評家。曾參與策劃的展覽包括《後八九中國新藝術展》(1993);《中國當代藝術中的女性方式》(1995);《女性與花》(1997);《兩性平臺》(1998);《跨世紀彩虹:艷俗藝術》(1999);《性殤》(2005);《花非花》(2006)等。

主要著述有《女性主義作為方式:女性藝術》(吉林:吉林美術出版社,1999)、《不再有好女孩了:美國女性主義藝術家訪談錄》(河北:河北教育出版社,2001)及《綠肥紅瘦:古代藝術中的女性形像和閨閣藝術》(重慶:重慶出版社,2005)。

Context

In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called 'Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990'. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents. 

As part of this project, AAA digitised more than 80,000 items of material from personal archives to include artists Mao Xuhui, Wu Shanzhuan, Zhang Xiaogang, and Zhang Peili; curators and critics Fei Dawei, Lu Peng, and Zheng Shengtian; as well as the archives of Tokyo Art Gallery. As part of the research process over 75 in-depth interviews with key artists, curators, and critics were conducted. From a portion of these interviews, AAA created a documentary film about experimental art in South China (Guangzhou) in the 1980s entitled From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s.

AAA’s 1980s archiving project culminated with the launch of a comprehensive website portal called www.china1980s.org in September 2010.

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Interview: Liao Wen (English subtitles)