Hou Hanru | Chan Koon-chung | Cao Fei | Chen Tong | Feng Yuan | Sara Wong

Speakers:

Hou Hanru

Hou Hanru (born 1963 in Guangzhou) is a curator and critic. Hou’s curatorial work addresses the contemporary practices and conditions of diaspora artists, and cultural hybridity and production in the Pearl River Delta. He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Cities on the Move together with Hans Ulrich Obrist (1997–2000), Z.O.U – Zone of Urgency for the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), and the upcoming 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen (2017). Hou is the Artistic Director of the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome.

Chan Koon-chung

Chan Koon-chung (born 1952 in Shanghai) is a sinophone writer. A leading cultural figure in the Chinese media, Chan founded Hong Kong’s City Magazine in 1976 and since then has been actively involved in film, television and radio. His 2009 novel The Fat Years has been translated into 13 languages. Three of his novels, The Fat Years (2009), The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver (2013) and The Second Year of Jianfeng: An Alternative History of New China (2015), have been selected as one of the Ten Best Chinese Novels of the Year by Yazhou Zhoukan. Chan is also the author of the fictional works Nothing Happened, The Story of A President, and Hong Kong Trilogy as well as many non-fiction books. Chan was named Author of the Year at the 2013 Hong Kong Book Fair 2013, and currently lives and works in Beijing.

Panelists:

Cao Fei

Cao Fei (born 1978 in Guangzhou) is one of the most innovative Chinese artists to have emerged on the international art scene. Her video and installation work integrates social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions to reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes occurring in contemporary China. She was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize 2010. In 2016, a solo exhibition of Cao’s work was held at MoMA PS1 in New York. She received the Best Artist Award at the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) in the same year.

Chen Tong

Chen Tong (born 1962 in Hunan) is a Guangzhou-based artist and curator. Between 1993 and 2014, Chen founded multiple independent cultural institutions for promoting contemporary art and literature in the Pearl River Delta and abroad, including the Libreria Borges Bookstore (established in 1993), the Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art (established in 2007), and Video Bureau (established in 2012). His published works include My Own World: Art and Life in France (2002), Sketch Question (2003), and Manet’s Railway (2005). He currently teaches at the Chinese Painting Department at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

Feng Yuan

Feng Yuan (born 1964 in Guilin) is a leading researcher and critic of visual culture in southern China. Feng’s interdisciplinary research centres around architecture, urbanology, visual art and contemporary culture, with a particular focus on the Pearl River Delta. His writing is published extensively in the Chinese editions of DOMUS and A+U, and in 2009 he published the major work Oppressed Aesthetics: Visual Representation of Cultural Criticism. Feng is currently a professor in the School of Communication and Design at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

Sara Wong

Sara Wong (born 1968 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong-based visual artist. Practicing as a landscape architect, she is one of the founding members of Para Site, an independent art space dedicated to promoting contemporary art, established in 1996. Her work spans various media, including photography, installation, sculpture, video, and explores the urban and social conditions in Hong Kong. Her work has exhibited extensively internationally, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York, Tokyo and many others.