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


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).






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 in September 2010.

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Interview: Liao Wen (English subtitles)