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Exhibition Histories Book Launch: Uncooperative Contemporaries: Art Exhibitions in Shanghai in 2000

16 nov 2020
Book launch, Public talk
Online event

Afterall is pleased to announce an online event to celebrate the launch of Uncooperative Contemporaries: Art Exhibitions in Shanghai in 2000, the latest title in the Afterall Books Exhibition Histories series. An introduction to the book will be followed by presentations by contributors Lee Weng Choy , Carol Lu and Liu Ding as well as Mia Yu.

Lee Weng Choy is an independent art critic and consultant based in Kuala Lumpur, and is president of the Singapore section of the International Association of Art Critics. Previously, Lee was artistic co-director of The Substation in Singapore. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Singapore. Lee writes on contemporary art and culture in Southeast Asia, and his essays have appeared in numerous journals including Afterall and the anthologies Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art (2012), Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture (2005) amongst others. He is currently working on a collection of essays on artists, to be titled The Address of Art and the Scale of Other Places.

Liu Ding is a Beijing-based artist and curator. His artistic and curatorial practices focus on connecting the historical and the contemporary from a perspective embedded in the history of thoughts and through descriptions and gazes of multiple layers. He has participated in international exhibitions including: the Istanbul Biennial and the Asia Pacific Triennial, in 2015; the Shanghai Biennale and Prospect.3 New Orleans, in 2014; the 2012 Taipei Biennial; the Chinese Pavilion of the 2009 Venice Biennale; Media City Seoul, in 2008; and the 2005 Guangzhou Triennial, and his work has been presented in art institutions and museums around the world.

Carol Yinghua Lu is an art critic and a curator. She is a PhD scholar in art history at the University of Melbourne and director of Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. She is a contributing editor at frieze magazine and on the advisory board of the journal The Exhibitionist. Lu was on the jury for the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Biennale. She was the artistic co-director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale and co-curator of the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale in 2012. She is on the jury for the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award, Hugo Boss Asia and Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Mia Yu is an art historian, critic and curator based in Beijing. Her research is focussed on transnational modernism, global exhibition histories and geo-aesthetics in contemporary art. She has collaborated on various exhibitions, publications and research projects with Times Art Center Berlin; Guangdong Times Museum; Villa Vassilieff, Paris; the Asia Society Hong Kong; New Century Art Foundation, Beijing; and Beijing Inside-Out Museum. Mia Yu is the recipient of a Yishu Award for Critical Writing on Contemporary Art, in 2018; a Tate Asia Research Travel Fellowship, in 2017; and a CCAA Art Critic Award, in 2015. Since 2019, she has been on the jury of the Hyundai Blue Prize for emerging curators.

Uncooperative Contemporaries: Art Exhibitions in Shanghai in 2000 is published in association with Asia Art Archive and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Uncooperative Contemporaries: Art Exhibitions in Shanghai in 2000 Book Launch
16 November 2020, 12pm (GMT) / 8pm (UTC+8)

The event is free of charge and all are welcome. Booking is essential, to receive a link to the event sign up via Eventbrite .

The event will be in English with optional Mandarin simultaneous translation available.