RAM Talk: The Responsibility of Civilization and the Choice of Culture: A Case Study of Aoluguya Ewenki's Ecological Migration
Jan 25, 2019 Friday 19:00 - 20:30
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
The artist Francis Alÿs, together with Yuko Hasegawa, curator of the exhibition “Francis Alÿs: La dépense”, went on a field trip in Inner Mongolia in 2017, and paid a visit to the Aoluguya Ewenki tribe in Genhe of Hulunbuir. Ewenki hunters, having lived for generations in the mysterious Aoluguya forest, dropped off their shotguns and walked out of the forest in 2003, launching a massive migration and relocation. A series of dramatic incidents that happened thereafter have drawn extensive attention and inspiring discussions.
Xie Yuanyuan, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, China Agricultural University, used to engage in long-time field investigations in Aoluguya, and published influential books in both Chinese and English. In this talk, she will, through the case study of Aoluguya Ewenki's ecological migration, explore the relevance between the responsibility of civilization and culture, bringing us a different cultural perspective and inspiring new thinking.
Xie Yuanyuan, Associate Professor of Department of Sociology, China Agricultural University. She received her PhD in anthropology from the Department of Sociology, Peking University and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oslo (Norway) from 2008 to 2009, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (the US) from 2014 to 2015. Her publications include Ecological Migration Policies and Practice of Local Governments: Ecological Migrants of Ewenki Reindeer Herders of Aoluguya (Chinese), Ecological Migrants: The Relocation of China’s Ewenki Reindeer Herders (English) and Reclaiming the Forest: The Ewenki Reindeer Herders of Aoluguya (Co-editor, English).Her current research, funded by the National Social Science Foundation of China, examines the ecological culture of reindeer herders in different countries.
Xu Tiantian graduated from Fine Arts College of Shanghai University and École Supérieure des Beaux-arts Tours Angers Le Mans. She joined Rockbund Art Museum in 2014 as curatorial assistant. She has been involved in the production of several solo exhibitions of both Chinese and international artists including Chen Zhen, Heman Chong, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Bradford and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, as well as group exhibition such as “Tell Me A Story: Locality and Narrative”(2016).
Free admission, reservation is required.