Belinda Qian He is the major grantee of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2016–17.
Belinda Qian He’s research project, “The Mise en Scène of (In)justice: The Art and Visual Economy of Pidou,” in China is a multidisciplinary exploration of the representation of “struggle session” and the reconstruction and circulation of its images in a socialist and post-socialist media culture. The research centres on case studies at the intersection of art history, film and visual culture, anthropology, and memory studies to establish a relationship between the daily realities during the Maoist Period and the projected image of these major events in Chinese history. The research historicises struggle sessions, focusing on artistic productions such as one-hundred-evil posters and class struggle crime exhibitions. An analysis of how the image of struggle sessions fosters the social construction of virtue in post-war Chinese societies is provided.
Belinda Qian He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media at the University of Washington. She is interested in historical and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Chinese cinema, photography, art, and display culture as associated with atrocity, collective violence, and witnessing. Her essays are forthcoming or published in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, The China Review, and Siyi Journal. She is a co-organiser of the Moving Images Research Group (Graduate Research Cluster).
Jury for the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2016–17 include:
Feng Yuan, Professor and Director of the Visual Culture Research Center in Guangzhou Sun Yat-sen University
Li Xianting, Beijing-based independent critic and curator
Sing Song-yong, Professor in the Graduate Institute of Animation and Film Art, Tainan National University of the Arts
Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive
Anthony Yung, Researcher, Asia Art Archive