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Asia Art Archive (AAA), in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre, will host presentations by the first three scholars and curators of the first AAA Researchers-in-Residence for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Programme. The presentations take place on 6 May 2017 from 2–6pm at the McAulay Studio of the Hong Kong Arts Centre and will be centred around Chinese film and art.



The research residency is part of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Programme. It aims to support practitioners to utilise Asia Art Archive’s extensive collection of primary source documents and develop new, in-depth historical research projects on topics relating to contemporary Chinese art. The programme also offers research grants annually.

Presentation Details:
Date & Time: Sat, 6 May 2017, 2–6pm
Location: McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Lanague: English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation in both languages)




Courtesy of Dong BingfengImage Courtesy of Dong Bingfeng.

Dong Bingfeng is a curator and producer based in Beijing. He is a research fellow at the School of Inter-Media Art, China Academy of Art. Since 2005, Dong has worked as a curator at Guangdong Museum of Art and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Deputy Director of Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Art Director of Li Xianting’s Film Fund, and Academic Director of OCAT Institute. In 2013, he received the CCAA Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award. In 2015, he won Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art’s Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award.

Dong uses materials in AAA’s collection to investigate the development of video art in China through exhibition history and artist case studies. The talk takes film as an entry point for discussing moving images in China – as a historical description of the medium’s evolution, and as an exploration of the interaction among artistic creation, theory, and social development. Dong’s 2017 publication Cinema of Exhibition: Film in Contemporary Chinese Art is the backdrop of the presentation, with ‘narrative’, ‘installation’, and ‘site-specificity’ as the main topics of discussion. 

Courtesy of Huang Chien HungImage Courtesy of Huang Chien-Hung.

Huang Chien-Hung is Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, National Kaohsiung Normal University. He has translated the books of Gilles Deleuze, Jean Baudrillard, and Jacques Rancière into Chinese. He has published in ACT, LEAP, and ARTCO. Huang has curated the exhibitions ‘POST.O’ with Taipei MoCA (2009); ‘TRANS-PLex’ at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (2011); ‘Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0’ (co-curated with Pierre Bongiovanni, Li I-Wei, Chang Ching-Wen at La Maison des Métallos in Paris and Instants Vidéo in Marseille, 2013); ‘Discordant Harmony’ (co-curated with Yukie Kamiya, Sunjung Kim, and Carol Yinghua Lu at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, 2016); ‘Trans-fiction Archiving’ at PhotoAura Space (2016); and ‘Library Park’ (co-curated with Sunjung Kim at Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, 2016), among others.

The Kaohsiung (Taiwan)-based scholar and curator Huang Chien-Hung will present on the Cultural Production of Asia Through Exhibitions and the Concept of 'Art Individuation'. His research focuses on images, art communities, and curatorial studies. Huang investigates the cultural production of Asia and how the image of Asia is constructed and circulated in the Chinese-speaking world, particularly within the context of para-colonialism. His research at AAA – which critically formulates the subject of ‘Asia’ and contextualises his collaborative research project with artist Chen Chieh Jen – is an extension of his previous exhibition ‘Discordant Harmony’. He identifies case studies of artists from Hong Kong and China to investigate the concept of ‘art individuation’.

Courtesy of Peggy WangImage Courtesy of Peggy Wang.

Peggy Wang is Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine, US. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Editorial Associate for the Museum of Modern Art publication Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents. She is currently completing a book-length study on artists’ strategies of sociopolitical intervention in contemporary Chinese art from the 1990s onwards. From April through July 2017, she is a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Peggy looks into the production and interpretation of contemporary Chinese art during the 1990s. While global art opportunities and domestic market reforms posed immense challenges, they also presented exciting possibilities. As artists reassessed the systems in which they were operating, they imagined their work as vehicles for effecting change. Wang’s research focuses on artist correspondence in AAA’s collection, as well as interviews conducted by researchers. The question she asks when studying these materials include: What did artists think about art? What did they hope to accomplish with their art?







About Asia Art Archive
Asia Art Archive (AAA) is an independent non-profit organisation initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and make accessible the multiple recent histories of art in the region. With one of the most valuable collections of material on art freely available from its website and onsite library in Hong Kong, AAA builds tools and communities to collectively expand knowledge through research, residency, and educational programmes.

      • Courtesy of Peggy Wang
      • Courtesy of Dong Bingfeng
      • Courtesy of Huang Chien Hung


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