参展艺术家：Chun Hua Catherine Dong、陈哲、范西、方璐、靳华、雷本本、李心沫、马秋莎、叶甫纳、瓢虫剧社
展览开幕招待会，三位策展人周琰、付晓东、马修•布劳尔和艺术家范西、Chun Hua Catherine Dong将出席招待会；
（1）马修•布劳尔与Chun Hua Catherine Dong和范西对话：《戏斗：中国当代艺术作品中的性别与性》，5月15日晚6-8点；
（2）Chun Hua Catherine Dong表演作品《丈夫们和我》，5月15日晚6-8点，5月16日12点到下午4点和5月17日12点到下午3点。
Through the Body: Lens-based works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists
Curated by Zhou Yan, Fu Xiaodong, and Matthew Brower
Participating artists: Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Chen Zhe, Fang Lu, Ma Qiusha, Ye Funa, Fan Xi, Jin Hua, Li Xinmo, Lei Benben, and Ladybug Theatre
April 29 – June 28, 2014
Venue: University of Toronto Art Centre
Organized by the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Through the Body, a Primary Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, will be the largest exhibition of lens-based work by contemporary Chinese women artists to be mounted outside of China. Focusing on photography and video, the exhibition is structured by the Chinese concept Ti Shi, which can be defined as the act of learning through bodily experience. Each of the selected artists creates works that make visible an emerging range of Chinese femininities and offer new models for the contemporary experience of Chinese women. Gesturing toward new possibilities, this show foregrounds contemporary Chinese women’s situations and articulates new gender identities informed by the rapid changes in China’s traditional values and social and economic structures.
CONTACT and the University of Toronto Art Centre are dynamic partners producing outstanding primary exhibitions for the CONTACT Festival – the world’s largest photography festival with an audience of over 2 million visitors. CONTACT showcases and celebrates the photographic image, appealing to a diverse audience of professional photographers, art enthusiasts and amateur shooters. The wide range and broad scope of the Festival draws a diverse audience, engaging a rich array of communities and neighbourhoods throughout the GTA. As a premiere festival in Toronto CONTACT attracts tourists within Ontario, from across Canada, the United States and overseas.
The University of Toronto Art Centre is the third largest fine art gallery in Toronto located in the heart of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. Through its collections, award-winning exhibitions and programs, UTAC presents an outstanding mix of the academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular learning opportunities that make university galleries unique and exciting cultural sites for both the university and the broader community. UTAC’s immediate community consists of more than 70,000 U of T students and 172,561 alumni living in the GTA. With an annual attendance of 18,000 to 20,000 visitors.
Together CONTACT and UTAC are committed to bringing major exhibitions of acclaimed Canadian and international artists, to their shared audiences actively engaging in the cultural life of the city, and its communities of contemporary art. The exhibition is free and is accompanied by a program of tours, lectures and receptions developed to foster and encourage curiosity and deeper understanding, expanding and deepen the visitor’s engagement with the exhibition.
CONTACT and UTAC receive extensive coverage in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Canadian Art Magazine, FLARE, Fashion, The Grid, Now Magazine, Monocle , Hazlitt and more.
As a primary exhibition, Through the Body: Lens-based works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists will be featured in CONTACT’s magazine which has a readership of 50,000, as well as the CONTACT website. UTCA’s promotional materials will include a newsletter, brochure, invitation, venue signage, street signs, and a social media campaign. The CONTACT festival advertises in over 15 Canadian and international arts and lifestyle publications and specific advertisements for the exhibition will appear in Prefix Photo and Ciel Variable.
Yan Zhou was born in China and currently lives in Toronto. She holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. As an art curator, she has co-curated The Transformation of Landscape In Canada: The Inside & Outside of Being for an Art Museum in China, 2014; Through the Body: Lens-based works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists for the University of Toronto Art Centre, 2014, Earthly Inspiration: The Expression And Process of Craft for Toronto Pearson International Airport, 2011. She is also the founder and curator of Montagneau Poetry & Art collaborative project since 2012.
She is also a poet and translator, who has published translations of Rilke, Ezra Pound, Al Purdy, Roo Borson, John Reibetanz, Andy Patton and many others. Currently she is working on translation of the Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds’ Stag’s Leap and The Selected Works of Elizabeth Bishop.
Fu Xiaodong is an independent curator and young critic based in Beijing. She is the Art Director of Space Station – an art center founded by her in 2009 to promote experimental art programs – and the Executive Chief Editor of the magazine – Fine Arts Literature. She once taught in the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art and worked as an editor for many professional art magazines, such as Fine Arts Academy, Contemporary Art News and Art China. She was also the Art Director of T Space in Beijing. Since 2003, she has organized several contemporary art exhibitions for art museums, art centers, galleries and other art institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, including: Homesickness – Memory and Virtual Reality, Chinese Freedom : Contemporary Artistic Text in the Post-Totalitarianism Society, “NEW VISTA – The Phenomenon of Post-Tradition in Contemporary Art”, “New Interface”, “Removing The Ladder”, “Insomnia” and others. In addition, she has been writing for various media and been invited to be the judge for several international young artists competitions.
Matthew Brower is a Lecturer in Museum Studies in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. He has curated exhibitions in historical and contemporary art including Mieke Bal: Nothing is Missing (2009), Gord Peteran: Recent Works (2009), and Threatened, Endangered, Extinct (2014). He has co-curated three previous primary exhibitions for the CONTACT Festival: The Brothel Without Walls (2010), Suzy Lake: Political Poetics (2011), and Collective Identity │Occupied Spaces (2012). He writes on issues in animal studies, the history and theory of photography, and contemporary art and is the author of Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography (University of Minnesota Press 2010).