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Shanghai Curators Lab




Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China

December, 2018

This participation was possible with the generous support of Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico.



Lead professors:

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is the Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art. She was the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel in 2012 and curator of Sydney Biennale in 2008 and Istanbul Biennial in 2015. In 2012, ArtReview magazine named her number one in their annual Power 100 list of the most influential figures in contemporary art. Additionally, Christov-Bakargiev is a Distinguished Professor at Northwestern University.


Yongwoo Lee is the professor at SAFA at Shanghai University and artistic director of SIAC (Shanghai International Art City) Research Institute. Lee was the president of International Biennial Association (2013 – 2017) and the executive director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum. He was the artistic director of Gwangju Biennale and served as the president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation (2008 – 2014). He published numerous books on audience studies and new media arts.



Hans Urlich Obirst, Naihan Li, Shi Hantao, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Liu Jianhua, Carol Yinghua Lu, Aric Chen, Yu Ding, Zhang Haimeng, Gong Yan, Larys Frogier, Wiyu Wahono, Karen Smith, Xiangning Li, Biljana Ciric, Wang Dawei, Gao Shiming, Katie de Tilly, Claire Hsu, Akira Tetehata, Danny Yung, Sunjung Kim



About SCL

Shanghai Curators Lab (SCL) is an intensive and challenging residence program for young curators. The SCL aims to be an open forum for experimental, critical and discursive discussion on the ecology of curatorial practices and intercultural platforms in the period of radical transformation of the social framework. The SCL is a rare and extensive participatory program jointly organized by a university, museum, biennale and art city. The subjects and programs of the SCL include exhibition-making of contemporary hybrid culture and art, the ecosystem of disciplines and expertise, technological advancement and its countermove, climate change and social environment, decolonizing architecture, regeneration and revitalization of industrial heritages, new exits and alternatives for biennales, art and industries etc. The SCL will also look at a tremendous potential for expanding the role of curators within the culture of multidisciplinary boundaries of art, industry, big data, new forms of media and politics. The participating curators will be divided into four different research groups to present imaginative projects, either as exhibitions or diversified performative events, at the end of the program. The outcome and researched short-term projects produced by the participants during their stay in SCL will be open to the public and the arts community in Shanghai and China.

The curators will also experience unique production processes of the 12th Shanghai Biennale with its curators and participating artists during the preparation period.




Program to nurture young professional curators opens in Shanghai - Shanghai Daily

Following The Full Success Of The First Shanghai Curators Lab Came The Solemn Launch Of The Group Curatorial Project On December 2 - Digital Journal 



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