Traces of the Vanished Body: “Body” and “End of the Century” in the Art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Nov 11, 2016 Friday 19:30 - 21:00
4F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai No.20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
In the last decade of the twentieth century, the American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres died from complications of AIDS after the loss of his lover to the same disease, a disease that was once linked to acute discrimination. Gonzalez-Torres used to write: “How is one supposed to keep any hope alive, the romantic impetus of wishing for a better place as for as many people as possible, the desire for justice, the desire for meaning, and history?” In this talk, Zhao Chuan, an art critic who is also actively involved in theatre arts, and Christopher Connery, Professor of the University of California and a cultural studies scholar, will look into the life and art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres during the end of the last century, and explore the traces of the vanished body present in his artworks.
Zhao Chuan is writer, art critic, curator and theatre director, lives in Shanghai. He is the co-founder and director of the important Chinese grass-root theatre collective Grass Stage since 2005, and has been producing marginal but socially-conscious contemporary theatre. His awards include the Unita Prize for New Novelists (2001). He had published books in novel, essays and art theory in China and overseas. His recent publications including award winning book On Radical Art: The 80's Scene in Shanghai. He has been invited to international literary, art and theatre festivals and events, and been visiting scholar and lecturer at influential universities.
Christopher Connery is a professor at Literature Department, University of California, Santa Cruz. He has a PhD from Princeton University. He is ‘Ziqiang Professor’ at Cultural Research, Shanghai University since 2013. His studies include: social movements in the 1960s, global capitalist ideology, geographical thought, modern Chinese politics and economy, Eastern Han Dynasty thinkings and literary history. He is Editor of Boundary 2 and Postcolonial Studies (academic journals). He joined Chinese grass-root theatre company Grass Stage in 2010 and participates in production and performance.
Free admission, reservation is required.