This interview was conducted at Ding Fang's studio in Nanjing on 5 March 2009. 


Ding Fang (b. 1956, Shanxi Province) is an artist, living and working in Beijing and Nanjing. 

Between 1978 and 1982, Ding studied at the Nanjing Arts Institute and specialized in traditional Chinese figure painting. He then switched to oil painting to pursue his master’s degree under the supervision of Su Tianci, a well-known painter at the Institute. In the mid-1980s, Ding, along with Yang Zhilun, Xu Lei, Chai Xiaogang and others, formed the Red Brigade Group in Nanjing, which quickly gained recognition as one of the distinctive regional art groups in Jiangsu. From 1988 to 1990, Ding served as an editor of the influential art newspaper Fine Arts in China (Zhongguo meishubao).





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: Ding Fang (Chinese subtitles), 訪問:丁方