Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021
Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021 has chosen Rethinking Collectivity （重思集体）as the main theme. Wang Shaoqiang, Director of Guangdong Museum of Art, will be the chief director of the Triennial and the curator of the archive exhibition. The theme exhibition will be cocurated by Gerardo Mosquera, Hyperimage Group (Dong Bingfeng, Xiang Zairong, Teng Yuning), and Yang Beichen.
We have never been worried about the world as much as we do today. The feeling of crisis has been lurking beneath, on the one hand, the long-standing conflicts internal to humansociety, the blindly accelerating technological development, and the deteriorating environment. On the other hand, the panic over the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated such worries. We are suffering from a sense of helplessness while facing these unknown threats, as well as a stronger sense of isolation and loneliness facing the persistent global turmoil. The world has fallen into a greater predicament amid the anti-globalization processes. The cultural and artistic milieux likewise share the same worries. Facing an unknown future, the destiny of humankind is once again entwined with each other. Yet, the short vacuum of pause has also provided us room for reflection, for rethinking collectively. Rethinking collectivity is not only a review of history but, more importantly, an exploration of the wider possibilities of coexistence in the present and in the future.
Against such a historical background, Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021 with the theme "Rethinking Collectivity" aims to show different aspects of critical reflection enabled by the unique language of image-making and rethink humanity’s destiny together with the participants.
The concept of "collectivity" has undergone a long-term evolution to the present with broaderand more holistic significations in modernity. In historical narratives, collectivity once represented a community of memory and identity, for which image assumed the responsibility of preservation and reconstruction for a longtime. In the contemporary context, collectivity has attained more complexity and multidimensionality, and has become synonym of a collection of phenomena, a term, and even ways of posing questions. These conceptualizations have gone beyond the anthropocentric perspective. In this exhibition, we will continue to observe and discuss these issues: from the perspective of the global landscape, collectivity is the connection between human and nature, and also the traced human behaviors that are found in the natural landscape. Meanwhile, it’s also perceivedas a relational and happening frontier, and a heterogeneous network constructed by nature, technology, discourse and practice: collectivity has therefore become a multidimensional coexistence human society and nature, spirit and matter, as well as humans and non-humans. The rich and inclusive system of image art also enables the possibility of multiple expressions. Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021 also hopes to discuss the new narratives of contemporary image art by engaging with critical thoughts unique to our era.
Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021 consists of a theme exhibition and an archive exhibition. Wang Shaoqiang, Director of the Guangdong Museum of Art, will be the chief director of the Triennial and the curator of the archive exhibition. The theme exhibition consists of three parts: Why Collectivity? curated by the Hyperimage Group (Dong Bingfeng, Xiang Zairong, and Teng Yuning), Frontier Mentality curated by Yang Beichen, and Globalscape curated by Gerardo Mosquera. These three parts will be interwoven under the vision and framework of "Rethinking Collectivity" in an attempt to connect the past, the present and the future in macro and micro scales, in order to promote the practice of image art through open dialogues and exchanges. We will continue to reflect on the complex world we are living in.
Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021 will invite dozens of artists, film directors and scholars from all over the world to participate in the exhibition, screenings, academic forums and location-specific art projects. Based in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, we hope to make vigorous efforts to establish and promote a dynamic network of global academic research and artistic exchanges. More information about the Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021 will come soon.
Professor, Doctoral Advisor. Wang Shaoqiang has held positions as the Director of Guangdong Museum of Art; Director of Chinese Artist Association; Member of Curation Council of Chinese Artists Association; Member of Professional Committee and Academic Committee of National Art Museum of China; Deputy Chairman and Director of curation committee of Guangdong Artists Association; Executive Deputy Chairman of Guangdong Artists Association; Professor and Master's Supervisor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts; Professor and Doctoral Advisor of Faculty of Humanities and Arts of Macao University of Science and Technology; Member of Academic Committee of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts; former Dean of School of Visual Arts of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
Wang Shaoqiang is the co-curator of Reform Mission: Guangdong Art Centennial Exhibition. He is also the cheif director and the curator of archive exhibition of Guangzhou Image Triennial 2017 and the 6th Guangzhou Triennial；and the curator of Space 7：Young Artists Academic Nomination Exhibition of Guangdong Art Museum; A Great Character - Research Exhibition of Wang Zhaomin's Art; Inscribe The Times-Art Research Exhibition of Tang Xiaoming; Painting New China-Renewal and Transformation of Guangdong Traditional Chinese Painting and so on. In 2013, he was awarded the Teacher of Teaching of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. In 2017, he received the award of Leading Figure of Cultural Promotion and Communication of Guangdong Province. He now lives and works in Guangzhou.
Gerardo Mosquera is a freelance curator, critic, art historian, and writer, based in Havana and Madrid. Advisor to the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and other international art centers. He was co-founder of the Havana Biennial (1984-1989), Curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (1995-2009), and Artistic Director of PHotoEspaña in Madrid (2011-2013), among other positions. He has curated many international “perennials”; most recent ones: 21st Paiz Biennial (2018,Guatemala); 3rd Today's Documents (2016,Beijing); 4th Poly/Graphic San Juan Triennial (2015). Among his most recent exhibitions are Useless: Machines for Thinking, Dreaming, and Seeing (The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, 2019) and Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 (The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, 2017)(The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2017). Author and editor of numerous texts and books on contemporary art and art theory, his next book, Art from Latin America (and Other Global Pulses) will appear this September by Ediciones Cátedra, Madrid. He is a member of the advisory council of several international magazines and journals. He has lectured in five continents and has organized several international conferences. He received the Guggenheim Fellowship, New York, in 1990.
Hyperimage Group was founded in 2018 with three members (Dong Bingfeng, Xiang Zairong, Teng Yuning) from different artistic and academic backgrounds that range from curation, art history, iconology, film studies, philosophy, religious studies and other interdisciplinary areas of inquiry. The aim of the group is to critically assess the current landscape of image research, move beyond image itself - the object of study in the traditional discipline of art history. By moving beyond the limits of social reality in which the practices and research of image are situated, the group investigates and invests in the application and interpretation of image through today’s society, intellectual history, and culture.
Dong Bingfeng is a curator and producer based in Beijing. He is a research fellow in the School of Inter-media Art, China Academy of Art. Since 2005, Dong has worked as a curator in 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, Dong was awarded the CCAA Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award. In 2015, he was awarded the Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. In 2017, he was awarded the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant.
Dr. Xiang Zairong is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Director of Art at Duke Kunshan University. He was Research Fellow at ICI-Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and postdoctoral research fellow at Potsdam University with the DFG Research Training Group minor cosmopolitanisms. He is author of the book Queer Ancient Way: A Decolonial Exploration (punctum books, 2018). He curated "minor cosmopolitan weekend" at the HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2018) and edited its catalogue minor cosmopolitan: Thinking Art, Politics, and the Universe Together Otherwise (Diaphanes/Chicago University Press, 2020). He is working on two projects, respectively dealing with the concepts of "transdualism" and "counterfeit" in the global south, especially in the context of China and Latin America.
Deputy Director at Centre for Visual Studies of Peking University (CVS). PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). As the deputy director of CVS, her major academic responsibility is managing the Chinese Modern Art Archive (CMAA) and editing the Annual of Contemporary Art of China. She worked four years as the executive curator of Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China from 2015 to 2018. Her major field of research is on political iconography, Chinese urban landscape and contemporary art.
Dr. Yang Beichen is a curator/scholar of film and contemporary art. He is currently a member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada (Milan, Venice), also a guest researcher at the New Century Art Foundation (Beijing, Shanghai) and contributing editor of Artforum China. He lectures on film and media art at The Central Academy of Drama (Beijing), with research interests on the theory of Moving Image, Media Archaeology, Technology & Ecology, and New Materialism. His curatorial practices corresponds with his multidisciplinary academic approaches, including New Metallurgists” (Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf), Earthbound Cosmology (Qiao Space, Shanghai), Anti-Projection (NCAF, Beijing), Micro-Era (Nationalgalerie, Berlin), Embodied Mirror (NCAF,Beijing). He has contributed critical essays for the catalogues of the artists such as CAO Fei, Laure Prouvost, Omer Fast and HO Tzu Nyen, etc.. HX, a publication edited by him, is recently launched during CAO Fei's solo exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries. His academic monograph Film as Archive will be published soon.
The predecessor of Guangzhou Image Triennial is Guangzhou Photo Biennial hosted by Guangdong Museum of Art. Guangzhou Photo Biennial is one of the most representative large-scale international photo biennials in China that holds the principle of "Adhere to the global vision and the humanistic standpoint of imaging sociology; participate in and promote the development of contemporary photography and culture in China." Looking back at the past Guangzhou Photo Biennial in 2005, 2007 and 2009, each edition established a distinctive theme, focuses on a specific academic field, rigorously combing the history of photography, while showing contemporary photography practices. More importantly, the biennials activated the domesticart museums' passion for photography research and collections.
Guangdong Museum of Art relaunch the brand project Guangzhou Photo Biennial and renamed as Guangzhou Image Triennial in 2016. The broader concept "IMAGE" is composed of multiple elements, including pictures, sound, motion, and 3D animation. As a part of the new art media, "IMAGE" can also include various cross-mediaart practice phenomena. Based on close observation and thinking of media development, Guangdong Museum of Art shifted the focus of research from "social and humanistic photography" to a more inclusive and academical "images for visual research". It strives to promote the practices and study of Chinese contemporary image art through more open and targeted works. In 2017, Guangdong Museum of Art successfully held Simultaneous Eidos: Guangzhou Image Triennial 2017.