Join us for a talk by Carol Yinghua Lu, art historian, curator, and current Director, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. Alongside Liu Ding, she is co-Artistic Director of the 8th Yokohama Triennale 2024. Titled Wild Grass: Our Lives, the 8th Yokohama Triennale will soon be open to the public on 14 March 2024.
Carol Yinghua Lu will outline the Triennale’s curatorial themes, with a special focus on works that represent the undercurrent of activist cultural practices emerging simultaneously through East Asia over the past decades. Although located in different cities and regions of East Asia, people engaged in these practices share values such as ‘autonomy’, ‘self-governance’, ‘anti-consumption’ and ‘cooperation’. They create shared spaces that are independent of the logic of capitalism and the dominant social order, with an aim to establish new social relationships, which are not driven by profit or power of influence. As such, they alleviate the anxieties of people in repressive social structures, liberate daily life, create new social relationships, emphasise non-exploitative labour, and open up imaginative possibilities within repressive social structures. They practice strategies of resistance to capitalism and the nation-state system that differ from those of the traditional left and programs for organising social movements. They rebuild life directly out of what already exists, taking the lead in building a post-revolutionary world.
Biography: Carol Yinghua Lu
Carol Yinghua Lu is an art historian, curator, and currently Director, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. Together with Liu Ding, she is co-Artistic Director of the 8th Yokohama Triennale 2024. She holds a Doctorate in art history from University of Melbourne. She was previously Artistic Director and Senior Curator of OCAT, Shenzhen, 2012-2015; guest curator at Museion, Bolzano, 2013; and China Researcher for Asia Art Archive, 2005-2007. She was co-Artistic Director of Gwangju Biennale 2012; and Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, 2012. Lu was a recipient of ARIAH’s (Association of Research Institute in Art History) East Asia Fellowship, 2017; and a Visiting Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Fellowship Program at Tate Research Centre, 2013.