Café Chalupecký: Nikita Yingqian Cai

Tuesday 27. June 2017 18:00 PM

Prague, Tranzitdisplay

Café Chalupecký: Nikita Yingqian Cai

Nikita Yingqian Cai: Where Is the Dragon Boat Going?

Tranzitdisplay | Dittrichova 9/337 | Prague 2 | www.tranzitdisplay.cz

Contemporary art and institutional practice in China have been dominantly channeled and boosted by the market and commercial sector in the past decade. Since the 1980s, we have seen many debates on artistic autonomy apprehended through the concepts of realism and European modernism, the west and the east, individualism and national ideology, internationalism and cultural nationalism. Often in these debates, we seem to reach an impasse in contemporary art’s binary oppositions between the private and the public, the art and the social. The focus of the lecture is gradually shifted from binary debates in earlier artistic movements in China to global migration of artistic ideas, forms and materiality in relation to the vernacular perspective of the Pearl River Delta, where Times Museum is situated.

Nikita Yingqian Cai lives and works in Guangzhou, where she is currently Associate Director and Chief Curator at Guangdong Times Museum. She has curated such exhibitions as A Museum That Is Not (2011), Jiang Zhi: If This Is a Man (2012), You Can Only Think about Something if You Think of Something Else (2014), Roman Ondák: Storyboard (2015), Big Tail Elephants: One Hour, No Room, Five Shows (2016-2017), The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (2017) and Pan Yuliang: A Journey to Silence (Villa Vassilieff in Paris, 2017). She initiated the para-curatorial series and has covered topics such as: No Ground Underneath: Curating on the Nexus of Changes (2012), Active Withdrawal: Weak Institutionalism and the Institutionalization of Art Practice (2013), Cultivate or Revolutionize? Life between Apartment and Farmland (2014), Between Knowing and Unknowing: Research in-and-through Art (2015), and Reciprocal Encounters: The Enactment of Collecting and its Modes of Representation (2016).

Záznam přednášky "Kam pluje dračí loď?"

Nikita Yingqian Cai on the lecture's theme

Contemporary art and institutional practice in China have been dominantly channeled and boosted by the market and commercial sector in the past decade. Since the 1980s, we have seen many debates on artistic autonomy apprehended through the concepts of realism and European modernism, the west and the east, individualism and national ideology, internationalism and cultural nationalism. Often in these debates, we seem to reach an impasse in contemporary art’s binary oppositions between the private and the public, the art and the social.

The presentation revisits modernist woman painter Pan Yuliang’s artistic trajectory and her contribution to the founding of western painting department in Shanghai and Nanjing Art Academy in the period of Republic of China, Xiamen Dada and Huang Yongping’s manifestations and Zhuhai Art Conference and the statements by the Northern Art Group in the 85 New Wave Movement, and more recent artistic projects by Zheng Guogu (Yangjiang Group). By showing documentary clips of the Big Tail Elephants Group’s self-organized exhibition in the 1990s, and After Reality (2013), a 14 mins video developed by Zhou Tao in Guangzhou and his residency in Kadist, Paris, focus of binary debates in earlier artistic movements in China is gradually shifted to global migration of artistic ideas, forms and materiality in relation to the vernacular perspective of the Pearl River Delta, where Times Museum is situated.

 

Note: A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft. They were traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta region of China's southern Guangdong Province out of teak wood (mostly imported from Pontianak, Indonesia) to various designs and sizes. Dragon boat races were traditionally held as part of the annual Duanwu Festival or Duen Ng observance in China.

 

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