The exhibition opens in November at our Shanghai fair, how are you imagining it will look?
Since the establishment of PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, it has become a stage for photographic art lovers from China and around the world to communicate and share. As a practitioner in the art industry, I have many great memories here. I look forward to welcoming photographic art lovers from Shanghai and all around the world to walk in the Dome Hall of Shanghai Exhibition Center to see and experience the interesting works artists have created with the latest technology, and to think about the role that photographic images play in our life.
Why did the curator position for our Insights exhibition appeal?
The pandemic has changed the way we experience the world. As a curator, I hope to take advantage of this opportunity to start a visual journey of dialogue between current photographic art and the world.
What is your opinion on online viewing rooms and digital offerings? Have you been involved in any in the past few months and if so, what do you keep in mind when creating an experience for the viewer?
In the past few years, online viewing rooms have been used in museums and galleries in China, but it did not reach a large audience because of the technology, user experience and other reasons. The art industry has made some positive attempts on online activities, including virtual exhibitions, live streaming and social media interaction, to enhance the opportunities of presenting art, promotions and communications, as well as changing ideas on new forms of art museums, institutions and galleries.
Last year I worked with the Swiss Arts Council on an exhibition called Between Mountains, Hills and Lakes. We did a series of online activities to make up for many artists not being able to join onsite. I still hold many questions about the online art scene, including but not limited to: what is the boundary between online and offline exhibitions? When the pandemic ends, under the condition of keeping the same human resources, how will the institutions’ focus transfer? What should we think about the value of online art workers? How can we protect and supervise the privacy of online live streaming and freedom of speech?