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The 14th Annual Conference, the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, Birmingham City University

Transcultural Curation and the Post-Covid World

Date: 2-3 December 2021

Venue: School of Art, Birmingham City University, England
Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2021
Conference keynote speaker: Hou Hanru, Artistic Director of the MAXXI in Rome, Italy

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) at Birmingham City University aims to foster new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts, design and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices and theoretical studies. This two-day conference invites researchers, curators, artists, designers and practitioners at all stages of their careers to reassess the significance of transcultural curation, both before and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The idea of the ‘transcultural’ is currently gaining momentum in academic, curatorial and artistic contexts, providing a framework for thinking through non-hegemonic global exchanges and knowledge production. Highlighting entanglements between and within cultures, the transcultural provides a new set of ethical, methodological and theoretical concerns, as well as a timely platform for curatorial and artistic practices in the globalised art world. How do exhibitions of Chinese contemporary art engage with the ideas and possibilities of transcultural curation, and with what kinds of political imaginaries? In what ways is Chinese contemporary art mobilised through international exhibitions situated in between institutional, commercial, independent art spaces and beyond?

Asia Triennial Manchester: Harmonious Society, Manchester, 2014 (Yuan Gong, Turbulence)

China Dream: This Is Shanghai, Liverpool, 2018 (Xu Zhen, Optimising)

OCAT Exhibition, I Hear Your Dream: Contemporary Art from Norway, Shanghai, 2019 (AK Dolven, A Other Teenager)

Following the arrival of the coron**irus, the normal, globalised art world is in a state of suspension. From the closure or delay of biennials/triennials around the world, restricted access to art venues, to virtual exhibitions and programmes, what is the new role of a curator? With the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, the increasing geopolitical, economic and cultural conflicts between China and its Western allies, the rise of racist attacks against Chinese in the diaspora, what does the ‘transcultural’ mean in the post-Covid context?

Drawing on the rich history and debates on decolonial approaches that move beyond binaries and static positions of East-West, at the current pivotal moment, we are exploring innovative discussions, new understandings and methodological approaches in curatorial research and practice. This conference seeks to open up new modes of enquiry within the fields of art, curation, visual culture and cultural studies in China, and beyond.  

Possible perspectives for proposals include, but are not limited to:

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words, a 100-word biography, contact information and any institutional affiliations, by 31 March 2021 to, with a subject titled ‘14th CCVA Annual Conference’. Any general queries should also be directed to Conference presentations should last no more than 20 minutes. Successful proposals for conference contributions will be notified no later than 1 May 2021. Invited full papers should be submitted by 31 March 2022, for the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect)’s special double edition 9.2&3 edited by Professor Jiang Jiehong and Dr. Nuria Querol to be published in the autumn 2022.