SYMPOSIUM: Contemporary Chinese Art and Artists
- Possibilities, Concerns and Constraints

2 May 10.30-15.00

The symposium will feature three different perspectives on contemporary Chinese art and artists offered by a the wellknown Chinese artist Wang Ningde (Beijing) Museum Director Duan Yuting (Guangzhou) and Associate Professor Sasha Su-Ling Welland (Seattle).

All three will talk about how the radical and rapid political, economic and social developments have affected the Chinese art scene and Chinese art production. By exploring China’s complex cultural production by Chinese artists, we aim to provide an occasion to present different outlooks on the concerns, possibilities and constraints facing Chinese artists, their productions and domestic exhibitions in their pursuit to artistically reflect on and express civilian life in China.



The symposium will be held in English. Deadline for registration is 21 April 2020.


The programme

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee/tea
11.00 - 11.15 Welcome and introduction by Associate Professor Mette Thunø, Aarhus University and Beate Cegielska, Head of Galleri Image
11.15 - 11.40 Wang Ningde 王宁德, “From Intersection to Parallel: Wang Ningde on His Work”
11.40 - 11.45 Q&A
11.45 - 12.10 Sasha Su-Ling Welland, “Art Worldings: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art” (more info)
12.10 - 12.15 Q&A
12.15 - 12.35 Duan Yuting 段煜婷, “Photography and Social Change in Contemporary China”
12.35 - 12.40 Q&A
12.40 - 13.30 Sandwich lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Round Table discussion on “Chinese Art, Artists and Social Change” with all speakers and audience input
14.30 - 15.00 Reception
School of Culture and Society - Department of Global Studies - Nobelparken - 8000 - Aarhus C -