RAM @ Campus: Body as a Micro NationOct 14, 2016 Friday 18:30 - 20:00
About the talk
Human body has long been a form of expression and subject of art. While we use our bodies to feel and perceive the world, contemporary artists look into how our bodies become a cultural product. On the one hand, they interpret the human body as a “battlefield” of identity politics. By revealing how the people with superior power establish control over those powerless through manipulation of visual representation, the artists aim to oppose against the potential cultural centralism. On the other hand, the artists try to alert us of the perishable nature of our bodies by recreating the bodily signs of aging, diseases and pains to help build a genuine understanding of our physical states. This talk will focus on his series of works and a selected number of other artists and their creations to explore how passion and desire are incorporated in artistic expressions, and how they are related to contemporary political and philosophical evolution, triggering a radical movement from visual images to ideological consciousness.
About the speaker
Zhang Nian, a scholar and cultural critic. She has a PhD in Philosophy and is an associate professor at the School of Humanities of Tongji University. Her current research interests include theories of feminism, political philosophy and cultural criticism. She is the author of Gender Politics and State: On Women’s Liberation in China and Women’s Utopia.
Zhu Jieshu, an art journalist and editor at Oriental Morning Post and The Paper. She has been investigating and reporting on issues related to gender and culture. In 2015, she participated in the exhibition “The Contesting Body” at Ray Art Centre, by presenting photos about how women seek the ownership of their own bodies nowadays. Before her graduation from the Journalism School of Fudan University in 2009, she was a member of the Zhihe Society of the university, where she acted in the drama The Vagina Monologues several times.
Free admission, reservation is required.