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Su Wei

Su Wei (born in Beijing, 1982) is an art writer and curator based in Beijing. After conducting his Ph.D research in Berlin between 2008 and 2010, he received his Ph.D at Institute for Foreign Literature, Chinese Academy for Social Sciences (CASS). His recent work focuses on re-depicting and deepening the history of Chinese contemporary art, exploring the roots of its legitimacy and rupture. He participated in the 2012 Curatorial Intensive at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. In 2014, he was awarded first place at the first International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC). He was the Senior Curator of Inside-Out Museum Beijing between 2017 and 2019. In 2012, Su Wei co-curated the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen. In 2013, he curated I’m not involved in Aesthetic Progress: a Rethinking of Performance at Star Gallery Beijing. In 2014, he curated Keep the Modern Going: Immersion, Expectation and Idealism, at OCAT, Shenzhen. In 2015, he participated in the symposium Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories at Tate Modern, London. In May of 2016, he curated No References. A Revisit of Hong Kong Media and Video Art from 1985 at Videotage, Hong Kong. In November of 2017, he co-curated Permanent Abstraction: Epiphanies of a Modern Form in Escaped Totalities at Red Brick Museum Beijing. In 2018, he co-curated Crescent: Retrospectives of Zhao Wenliang and Yang Yushu and The Lonely Spirit at Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. In 2019, he curated Community of Feeling: Emotional Patterns in Art in Post-1949 China at Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. He has published a number of articles in local and international art journals including YISHU: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Journal of Contemporary Art (Bristol, UK) and Kunstforum. His publications include Little Movements. Self-Practice in Contemporary Art (with others), Guangxi Normal University Publishing House, 2011; Individual Experience: Conversations and Narratives of Chinese Contemporary Art from 1989-2013 (with others), Ling Nan Art Publishing House, 2013; Hans Belting, Art History after Modernism, translated from German to Chinese by Su Wei, with additional annotations by Su Wei and others, Beepub Publishing House, 2014; Crescent: Retrospectives of Zhao Wenliang and Yang Yushu, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, 2018; The Lonely Spirit, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, 2019, etc.

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The Inconvenient Feelings

Reports from the Field are perspectives from Curatorial Intensive Alumni from around the world, and reflections on the impact of the global pandemic on their lives, ways of working, their communities, and how they are adapting as a response. Su Wei, Alumnus of the Curatorial Intensive New York ’12, writes from Beijing, China.

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