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Victor Wang

Country(activity based):
United Kingdom/China
Genre:
Curating

Profile

Born in 1983. Graduated from MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London in 2014, and the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju in 2016.

Recent 5 main activities are: Jac Leirner: Borders Are Drawn By Hand (2016), a solo presentation by Brazilian artist Jac Leirner at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Pavilion), Shanghai; Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware (2016), chi k11 art museum, Shanghai; Ensemble sin órganos (2016) the first all performance based exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art Wifredo Lam, Havana; Inside China - L'Intérieur du Géant (Shanghai Station, 2015), a collaborative exhibition between Palais de Tokyo, Paris and the K11 Art Foundation; 'Fleur Melbourn: Thelma & Louise' prologue (2015), with the Serpentine Gallery Park Nights, London.

Wang was awarded the 2016 AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), and has worked on curatorial teams for the Twelfth Havana Biennial (2015) and the Vancouver Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012). He has written for art periodicals such as Artforum (China) and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and was the 2017 Guest Editor for the Art Basel Hong Kong issue of LEAP Magazine. From 2012 - 2014 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, as a Student Forum Member, Wang curated film programmes, performances, talks, and exhibitions such as 'Restaging Exhibitions: Reconsidering Art History and Exhibition Making' (2014); 'A Return to Pre-Modernity' (2014); 'Man, Machine and Images in Motion' (2014); 'Manga Made' (2013); and Touring Talk: Emma Smith 'Love Me, Love Me' (2013).

About works / performance

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Installation view of "Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware", chi K11 art museum, 2016

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Installation view of "Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware", chi K11 art museum, 2016

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Installation view of "Jac Leirner: Borders Are Drawn By Hand", Museum of Contemporary Art (Pavilion), Shanghai

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Installation view of "An Incomplete Guide: Artist Run Spaces in Gwangju", GBICC

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Installation view of "Ensemble sin órganos", Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana

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Installation view of "Ensemble sin órganos'", Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana

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Installation view of "Inside China - L'Intérieur du Géant", chi K11 art museum, Shanghai

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Installation view of "Inside China - L'Intérieur du Géant", chi K11 art museum, Shanghai

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Installation view of "With Institutions Like These...", The Averard Hotel, 2016

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Installation view of "With Institutions Like These...", The Averard Hotel, 2016

Comment

Victor Wang’s curatorial practice is informed by artistic practices, his research, and his lived experiences – from moving between Chile and Taiwan in his youth, to his time living on Musqueam Indian Reserve in Vancouver. His projects network between disciplines and interests - through exhibitions, research, discursive events, talks/walks and writing, amongst other forms and methods. Creating parallels and tangents between different fields of study. From post-colonialism and exhibition histories, to activism and ecology. Between institutional development and the expansion [revision] of an art-historical cannon - whether through performance art, public events, archives or oral histories. In part, his practice is interested in dismantling the ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’ dichotomy in art, between visibility and participation (moving between what has been called the local and the global) – while contributing to an inter-regional dialogue in the region termed ‘East Asia’ (to ask more about geographical borders) and interconnecting these networks to the Global South and North. While engaging with the variance of contemporaneity from region to region.
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