Zeng Qunkai is the secondary grantee of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2018–19.
Zeng Qunkai’s project, “Sensation, Modern, and Oasis: From Twelve Men Exhibition to Restart Exhibition in Xinjiang from 1987 to 2002,” investigates various works and activities of two pivotal exhibitions across this particular period in Xinjiang, which exhibit a trajectory of preparation, germination, peak, and a turn afterwards. Located in a historical area of multi-cultural collisions and assimilations, Zeng also traces the inspirations for art in Xinjiang in terms of public value, visual transformations, and sociopolitical concepts from Central China as well as Central Asia.
Zeng Qunkai is an artist, critic, and curator active in Xinjiang. He curated Scattered into the Enlightenment: New Art in the Xinjiang Province since 1985 and The Narrator of the “Yi” Field: The New Art Exhibition of Contemporary 80’s in the Xinjiang Province, and co-curated the exhibition Pink Public Opinion: Contemporary Art Exhibition of Chinese Female Artists. As an artist, Zeng’s works have also been selected in major national art exhibitions. His recent essay “Parallel Geography and Parallel Experiment: Art Historical Norms and Experiments in Art Ecology of Xinjiang” was selected in the 34th World Congress of Art History.
Jury for the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2018–19 include:
Peggy Wang, Assistant Professor, Art History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine, US
Huang Chien-Hung, Associate Professor of Art Theory, Taipei National University of the Arts
John Tain, Head of Research, Asia Art Archive
Anthony Yung, Researcher, Asia Art Archive