Co-presented by Guangdong Times Museum and Asia Art Archive, this online forum features three conversations with six artists that explore new art forms and teaching methods in art academies in China since the 2000s. Jiang Zhuyun will be in conversation with Ye Su (Zhang Fan); Nabuqi with Miao Ying; and Liang Shuo with Hu Xiangqian. They will discuss their experiences in learning and teaching, and the changes in art education in China over the past two decades. The forum will be moderated by Anthony Yung, researcher at AAA and curator of Don't Kill Me I'm In Love! - A Tribute to Huang Xiaopeng.

The speakers in this forum studied or taught at newly established studios and departments at the turn of the century, led by active contemporary artists who made significant contributions to bridge the gaps between the art academies and the art world in China. They include the 5th Studio of Oil Painting Department in Guangzhou Academy, led by Huang Xiaopeng; the New Media Art Department in China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, directed by Zhang Peili; and the 3rd Studio of Sculpture Department in Central Academy in Beijing, led by Zhan Wang and Yu Fan.

This forum is organised in conjunction with Don't Kill Me I'm In Love! - A Tribute to Huang Xiaopeng, an exhibition at Guangdong Times Museum which runs from 25 September to 7 November 2021. Huang Xiaopeng, who passed away in 2020, has been recognised as an important educator who has influenced a generation of artists in Guangdong.

This programme is part of AAA’s ongoing research about the role of academic and alternative pedagogy in the development of modern and contemporary art in Asia. Related programmes include the Learning What Can’t Be Taught exhibition (2021), the Crafting Communities exhibition (2020), and the Life Lessons conversation series (2020–ongoing), among others. Related AAA Research Collections include Zheng Shengtian Archive and Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990. The AAA team is currently working on archival materials related to Huang Xiaopeng and the New Media Art Department at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

Free and open to public with registration.

Jiang Zhuyun (b. 1984, Hangzhou) graduated from the New Media Department at the China Academy of Arts in 2007 and received a master’s degree from the School of Intermedia Art in 2014. Based in Hangzhou, he has been teaching at the School of Intermedia Art since 2014.

Ye Su (also known as Zhang Fan, b. 1983, Shaoxing) graduated from the 5th Studio of the Oil Painting Department at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. He obtained a master’s degree from the Experimental Art Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. His works have been exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale, OCAT Xi’an, the Inside-Out Museum, Taikang Space, Goethe-Institute, and Tang Contemporary Art, among others. His critical writings can be found in various media and art publications.

Miao Ying (b. 1985, Shanghai) graduated from China Academy of Art’s New Media Art Department in Hangzhou in 2007, and earned a Master in Fine Arts in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University, a statutory college of the State University of New York in 2009. She is best known for her projects and writing around the Chinese internet online culture. Her works inhabit multiple forms including websites, machine learning software, VR, installations, paintings, etc. She currently lives and works in New York and Shanghai.

Nabuqi (b. 1984, Inner Mongolia) graduated with a master’s degree from the 3rd Studio of Sculpture Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. Her recent exhibitions include Noire Lumière, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai (2020); Study of Things. Or A Brief Story about Fountain, Brick, Tin, Coin, Wax, Stone, Shell, Curtain and Body, Guangdong Times Museum (2020); and Do real things happen in moments of rationality?, 58th Venice Biennale (2019). She currently lives and works in Beijing.

Hu Xiangqian (b. 1983, Leizhou) graduated from the 5th Studio of the Oil Painting Department at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Hu mainly uses performance and video for his artistic creations, responding critically to the living environment around him. He currently lives and works in Guangzhou.

Liang Shuo (b. 1976, Tianjin) graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, in 2000, majoring in sculpture. From 2002 to 2007, he taught sculpture at the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University. Between 2005 and 2006, he was an artist-in-residence at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (the Royal Academy of Art), The Hague. Since 2009, he has been teaching at the 3rd Studio of the Sculpture Department in the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

This programme is co-presented by Guangdong Times Museum and Asia Art Archive.

Guangdong Times Museum is a nonprofit institution funded by private sectors, and Times China has been the core funder since the inauguration of the Museum. The museum officially opened its door to the public in December 31, 2010.  As a vital part of the Greater Bay Area’s cultural landscape, Times Museum celebrates the social values of culture and embraces communities at home and abroad. As a public cultural institution, the museum programs four to six exhibitions and public events every year, and introduces numerous artists and artworks to the city of Guangzhou. After a decade of robust programming, Guangdong Times Museum has become a cultural landmark of the city.

 

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