Minsheng Talk Chit-Chatting I—New Topophilia
Guests: Quan Yufei, Li Anqi
Host: Sun Qidong
Time: 14:30-16:00, July 10, 2021
Location: Multimedia Hall (1F), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
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“Love once begun, will never end.”
The love for art once begun, will never end, either.
The new Minsheng Talk project “Chit-Chatting” invites curators, artists, and scholars to talk about art in a relaxed way with no restrictions in forms and subjects. Through sharing where they started their love for art, the participants reveal multidimensions and multilayers of life. The project aims to bring out diverse conclusions rather than a monotonous one through free talk. In this way, the participants’ figures are vividly restored, showing kaleidoscopic perspectives for the audience.
The guests invited to the second Chit-Chatting “Those Who Have Dreams Are Not Sad” are Quan Yufei and Li Anqi. They will discuss studying art and art intervention. As art practitioners, the two guests received the narrowly speaking art education, but they also received different perspectives and different approaches to see the world through art. There was a time when we were obsessed with efficiency—the so-called philosophy of “study for the sake of application,” but nowadays we are anxious about the meaninglessness of studying anything in the era if information booming and the AI singularity approaching. Our lives are getting more and more unbearable: working on more tasks but in vain, only to deal with house mortgage and daily expenses, including tittytainment…we are so far away from ourselves.
Now, we finally come to a time when studying is nor for the sake of examinations, success, but for ourselves—for not being confused any more. We study art not for vanity, but to shoulder the responsibilities of reconnecting aesthetics with unique emotions, and reopening the possibilities of true conversations.
Quan Yufei is an artist. His works focus on the daily life under the post-modernism context, especially the hidden misfit within the daily spetacle and events. His works make these misfits visible and approachable, attempting to provide references for making daily life as individual political arena. These works are active clips of personal narratives, often utilizing comprehensive media and presented in forms of images and installations. Recently he is interested in biopolitical interdisciplinary decenterlizing structure. He got his BFA from Tsinghua University and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
His website: www.quanyufei.com
Li Anqi is an independent curator. From 2019 to 2021, she has been the Curator of Education and Public Programmes at Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. She curates and manages public programming, including exhibition Curtain in collaboration with Rockbund Art Museum, the annual International Conference, Workshops for Emerging Arts Professionals, PS Paid Studio Visits, International Residency, internship, and publications. She was previously a part of several non-profit art organisations in the United States, including Harvard Art Museums and Hammer Museum. She graduated from San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, and Harvard University with a Master’s in Arts in Education.
Sun Qidong now works as a curator, art crtic, and writer. Since 2014, he has been working as a curator anmd head of the Exhibition Department for Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum. Sun is involved in multiple activities in which he questions the relation between art, politics, economy, and aesthetics. At present, his research focuses on how to conceive and develop an ecological politics through continuous communication with natural social sciences.