“Micro-Curatorial Project” – extended program – Emerging curators workshop completed successfully



活动从“策展人的工作是什么”、“一个展览形成的过程是什么”这两个问题拉开了讨论的序幕。刘秀仪以Jens Hoffman “Show Time”为起点,从“策展没有定律,每一个展览都是反思策展和图像历史的机会”的理论性思维展开,综合讨论了理论结构、空间把控、作品选择等几个基本策展元素,结合经典展览和时下国内外策展案例给大家做了深入分析。 鲍栋“展览的上下文”则是更加侧重实际经验,选取其不同时期的策展方案为切入点,和参加者们分享与剖析展览概念与形成的一系列实操性转换问题。






Text | Arie Long      Translation | Fiona He

Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation successfully rounded off the two-day emerging curators workshop.  For this workshop, we invited curators Venus Lau and Bao Dong to be the key speakers and guest commentators for the participating curators including, Bian Ka, Andre Chan, Fu Yuan, Wang Lin, Wang Ziyun, Wu Tianming, Yang Xi and Yi Hong (listed in alphabetical order).

The event opened with two questions for discussion, “What is the job of a curator?” and “How does an exhibition come together?” Venus Lau began with Jens Hoffman’s “Show Time”, and the theoretical postulation of “Curatorial practice has no rules, where every exhibition is an opportunity to rethink curating and image history, integrating basic curatorial components of theoretical structure, space management, artworks selection and etc., with examples of classic exhibitions and current exhibitions in China and overseas in her analysis. Bao Dong’s talk on the “context of the exhibition” emphasized on the practical experiences of putting an exhibition together. He selected a number of cases among past exhibitions he has curated in various periods, sharing and deconstructing their concepts and a series of practical issues concerning translating concepts into final presentations.

On the second day of the workshop, discussions evolved around various perspectives, opinions presented by the curators. Their heated discussions brought out a number of issues related to curating and practical problems they have encountered, for example, the distribution of funding, materials and staff, the uniqueness of the exhibition, the relationship between artists, curator and the audience, the individual versus social impact, the choice of the artist, and the formation of exhibition approach and etc., in which, poignant and controversial issues were also among the subjects of discussion.

“The participating curators have reflected deeply about their practice, most of whom have had many experiences in the field. This study group essentially turned into a discussion group.” Bao Dong concluded at the end of the workshop, “With everyone’s presentation and comments, we have discussed on issues such as the space of the exhibition, institutions, staff and funding, all of which were very interesting. I am looking forward to the works of these young generation of curators.” Venus Lau also felt impressed from the two-day workshop. From the initial exhibition statements and proposals received, to the presentation of exhibition projects in detail, everyone spoke and learned from each other earnestly. Everyone has his/her own approach to an exhibition, and there isn’t only one way being the right way. At the same time, she also advised and encouraged the curators, “Being young, one should not be afraid of making mistakes. If an idea is immature, there is no rush to realize it. The immediate present is not important, one should expand the framework of one’s work. We need more new ideas.”                           

Curator Wang Ziyun, a native of Chongqing, said, “I have learned a lot from the lecturers presentations and analysis of their own curatorial practices. Our discussions centered on problematic and focused topics, which gave me a lot of inspiration for future exhibitions.”

The founder of the Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Frank Yang expressed his intension of hosting this workshop is to allow more emerging curators to participate, reflect and benefit from an event like this, and offer them specific support in their practices. He hopes to see the more and more rapidly growing force in the field of curatorial practice.