Memorabilia from an Age of Troublemaking - Liu Dahong and Katie Hill in Conversation

Thursday, 25 April 2013

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

drawing of spaceship with people blasting off into space, leaving buildings on fire on the ground
Liu Dahong, Gazing into Space. Oil on Canvas, 2011. Courtesy the artist, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong and Rossi & Rossi, London

Speaker(s): Liu Dahong (artist; Professor at Shanghai Normal University) and Dr Katie Hill (Sotheby’s Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Wenny Teo

In conversation with Dr Katie Hill, the renowned Chinese artist Liu Dahong discusses a recent series of paintings on the thematics of childhood and rebellion, fantasy and nostalgia, inspired by his memories of growing up during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Using an eclectic iconography of visual and textual references from an ‘age of troublemaking, ’ Liu’s intensely personal, ludic and carnivalesque scenes of mischief subvert the dominant narrative of absolute political power that has come to define a period of sweeping historical change.

The seminar coincides with Liu Dahong's exhibition Childhood at Rossi & Rossi, 16 Clifford Street, London W1S 3RG (25 April - 30 May 2013).

Liu Dahong: Born in Qingdao, Shandong, China in 1962, Liu Dahong studied under Zao Wouki before graduating from the China Academy of Art in 1985.  Since then he has exhibited widely on the international stage, with a number of solo shows from 1992, as well as group exhibitions. Dahong now currently lives, works, and teaches in Shanghai.

Dr Katie Hill is consultant lecturer in contemporary Chinese art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Her new consultancy OCCA (Office of Contemporary Chinese Art) represents and promotes Chinese artists, delivering exhibitions and arts programmes on Chinese art and culture. She has lectured extensively and worked closely with a number of contemporary artists from China as a writer and curator, conducting the ‘In Conversation’ with the artist Ai Weiwei on the occasion of his Sunflower Seeds installation at Tate Modern in 2010. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Visual Art Practice on Contemporary Chinese Art and Criticality with Paul Gladston (Volume 11, Numbers 2 & 3, 2012). She is co-author of The Chinese Art Book (forthcoming Phaidon, 2013) with Keith Pratt and Jeff Moser.

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