Witness to Growth: Yu Hong’s artistic practices from the 1990s to today
Nov 11, 2018 Sunday 19:00 - 20:30
Shanghai Study Centre, The University of Hong Kong (SSC HKU) (Shanghai No.298 North Suzhou Road, Shanghai)
Marking the fourth talk in a series related to “Second Assembly: Exhibition-Making Practice in China and Southeast Asia in the 1990s”, a curatorial project jointly curated by Biljana Ciric and the museum, RAM is delighted to invite artist Yu Hong and Vienna-based curator Julia Hartmann, who is also one of the granted researchers of the open call for the “Curatorial Practices in Asia” project.
The talk will highlight Yu Hong’s prolific career, focusing on the beginning as an artist working in the 90s, and looking at her experiences in relationship to the nascent contemporary art scene that was emerging in China in this period. The conversation will also draw attention to a variety of paintings by Yu Hong that depict the lives of women and their experiences in Chinese society. Using this as a departure point, the discussion will connect with the artist’s experiences participating in all-female group exhibition in comparison to male dominated exhibition during this period. The conversation will question the motives behind the organization of all-female exhibitions, looking to explore their impact on the conventions of exhibition-making, as well as their influences in today’s context. Julia Hartmann’s final presentation will be at the assembly on 24th to 25th November 2018.
Yu Hong was born in 1966 in Xi’an, China. In the 1980s she studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and graduated with a post-graduate degree from the oil painting department in 1996. Since 1988 she has been a teacher in CAFA’s oil painting department and is one of the most representative artists of New Realist Painting in China. She has been exhibited in major national and international exhibitions including the seminal First Oil Painting Exhibition in China held in 1986; the New Generation Art Exhibition in 1991; and the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993, where she was the only female Chinese representative. Other important exhibitions include pioneering all-female group exhibitions held in the early 1990s such as The World of Women Artists at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1990 and Century.Woman at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing in 1998.
Julia Hartmann is currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she is researching social movements, feminist art, and Chinese Contemporary Art. She is the co-founder of SALOON Wien, an international network for women in the art scene and is actively engaged in supporting a higher participation of female cultural practitioners.
Biljana Ciric is an independent curator based in Shanghai. Her recent exhibition programes include: Institution for the Future (2011), Taking the Stage OVER (2011–12), Alternatives to Ritual (2012–13), and One Step Forward, Two Steps Back—Us and Institution, Us and Institution (2013). Her upcoming exhibitions in 2013 include Tino Sehgal solo exhibition at UCCA Beijing and exhibition hosted by Times Museum titled One Step Forward, Two Steps Back- Us and Institution, Us as Institution. In 2013 Ciric initiated "From History of Exhibitions towards Future of Exhibitions Making", ongoing seminar platform that proposes to revisit importance of exhibition making, that beyond art work itself, is one of the key factors in the arts relevance to social context. Seminar platform will be looking specifically at history of exhibitions in China, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Ciric is a regular contributor to Broadsheet and Yi Shu journal, and has been nominated for an ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award.
Free admission, reservation is required.