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Non-aligned Modernities: Curatorship and Multiplicity of the Local Cultures | Marco Scotini | Tsinghua University, Beijing | 25.09.2017

Posted in Senza categoria by NABA Painting and Visual Arts on 20/09/2017


Il 25 Settembre 2017, Marco Scotini, Direttore del Dipartimento di Arti Visive di Naba, terrà la conferenza “Non-aligned Modernities: Curatorship and Multiplicity of the Local Cultures”, su invito di Su Dan (direttore di Accademia delle belle arti di Tsinghua University, Pechino) e di Chen Anying (direttore del dipartimento di storia dell’arte).

Durante l’incontro si affronterà il rapporto tra egemonia occidentale nell’arte contemporanea e le altre culture su scala globale all’interno della pratica dell’exhibition making attuale. Scotini si soffermerà inoltre sulla sua ricerca curatoriale personale attraverso le mostre Too early Too late: Middle-East and Modernity (Bologna, 2015), Non aligned modernity(Milano/Budapest, 2016), The white hunter: African memories and representation (Milano, 2017).

Marco Scotini darà anche un’anticipazione della mostra concepita per la prima biennale di Anren: The Sechwan Tale: Theatre and History che aprirà il 27 ottobre. Quindi si focalizzerà sulla forma di presentazione e di auto-rappresentazione culturale del Middleast, dell’Africa, della Cina e dell’ex blocco sovietico.

Questa per l’università di Pechino è la prima di una serie di conferenze che Scotini terrà in diverse istituzioni cinesi tra 2017 e 2018 quali Accademia di Xi’an, Università di Yinchuan, Accademia di Sichuan a Chongqing.


On September 25th 2017, Marco Scotini, head of Naba’s Visual Arts department, will hold the conference “Non-aligned Modernities: Curatorship and Multiplicity of the Local cultures”, on invitation of Su Dan (director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University, Beijing) and Chen Anying (director of the Department of Art History).

During the meeting, he will face the relationship between Western hegemony in contemporary art and other cultures on a global scale within the practice of the current exhibition making. Scotini will focus also on his personal curatorial research through the exhibitions too early too late: Too early Too late: Middle-East and Modernity (Bologne, 2015), Non aligned modernity (Milan/Budapest, 2016), The white hunter: African memories and representation (Milan, 2017).

Marco Scotini will also give an insight of the exhibition conceived for the first Anren Biennale: The Sechwan Tale: Theatre and History that opens on October 27th. Thus, he will focus on the form of presentation and self-representation of the Middleast, Africa, China and the former Soviet union.

This is the first of a series of conferences at the University of Beijing that Scotini will hold in several Chinese institutions between 2017 and 2018 such as Academy of Xi’an, University of Yinchuan, Sichuan Academy in Chongqing.


Anren Biennale | Today’s Yesterday | October 28, 2017–February 28, 2018

Posted in docenti, Events, Exhibition, Screening by NABA Painting and Visual Arts on 04/09/2017


The 1st Anren Biennale will take place from October 28, 2017 until February 28, 2018 in the well preserved town of Anren, Chengdu. Under the general title Today’s Yesterday, with the artistic direction by Lu Peng, the Anren Biennale brings together four different exhibition projects by Chinese and international curators with more than 120 participating artists.

The Szechwan Tale: Theatre and History curated by Marco Scotini

The Szechwan Tale. Theatre and History, focuses on the relationship between theater (as the space of masks) and history (as a plot in the making). There are two topics underlying the choice of this section. The first is the location Sichuan, as the fictional background of The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht (1940). The other is the Rent Collection Courtyard (1964) sculptural piece hosted in the city of Anren. They concern the ongoing dialogue, between the East and the West, between the past and the present, around finding in theatrical play a series of references, contaminations, exchanges and fictional or real projections.

Artists: Cornelius Cardew, Céline Condorelli, Chto Delat/What is to be done?, Peter Friedl, Stano Filko, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Piero Gilardi, Lisl Ponger, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, William Kentridge, Julius Koller, Mao Tongqiang, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Qiu Zhijie, Rithy Panh, Pedro Reyes, Santiago Sierra, Sun Xun, Wael Shawky, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Marko Tadić, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Clemens Von Wedemeyer & Maya Schweizer, Wei Minglun, Yang Yuanyuan, Mei Lanfang and the Russian Proletarian Theatre (research curator Andris Brinkmanis)

Crossroads curated by Liu Ding, Carol Lu Yinghua

intends to reiterate an irresolvable dilemma. It is not impossible to gain emotional comfort by returning to the past, or to predict the future by detecting signs of historical circles. Neither is moving forward a horizon to count on. Crossroads is skepticism towards escapes, solutions and the long-termed objectives. This exhibition aims to recognize and provide a gaze at a situation of confusion and of being in the center yet having no way out.

ArtistsDaniel García Andújar, Adam Avikainen, Paul Chan, Yorkson (Yimin Chen), Paul Drissen, Karsten Födinger, Marina Gioi, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, Jia Chun, Stanya Kahn, Inmi Lee, Simon Leung, Lin Gang, Lin Yilin, Lu Zhiqiang, Tomáš Rafa, Grace Schwindt, Yuan Yunsheng, The Phantom Modern (curated by Yongwoo Lee; participated by artists including Jae Oon Rho, SoYoung Kim/Kim Jeong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Kyung-man Kim)

A Future That Never Returns curated by Liu Jie, Lu Jing

The section designs s a virtual perspective of future, and takes a gesture of memory-hunting, clinging to and writing down the maze of contemporary history. Based on the humanity history and the site-specificity of Anren, following the time-and-space nodes which are closely connected with the modernization in China—such as rise of Western Learning Spreading to the East, this exhibition unfolds the contemporary art’s discussion on “time.”

Artists: Chen Qiulin, Chen Zhe, Feng Li, Li Lang, Li Qing, Liang Shaoji, Liao Fei, Liu Chuanhong, Na Yingyu, Ma Haijiao, Mr.d.mouse (Zhou Hang), Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Hongfeng, Wang Chuan, Wu Ding, Xu Bacheng, Zhang Tianjun

The Rthetoric of Family Tree curated by Lan Qingwei, Du Xiyun

The focus of the exhibition is to demonstrate the cultural family tree based on the perception of different individuals and the unique methodology and aestheticisms of the artists,discussing the historical cause of the current situation and foresee the possible problems in the future by an artistic method and perspective.

Artists: Art Education Group (Zhang Bin,Ye Hongtu), Chen Xi, Fang Lijun, Fengfeng, Gao Brothers (Gao Zhen, Gao Qiang), Guo Wei, He Dan, He Duoling, He Gong, Huang Rui, Hong Lei, Li Bo, Li Luming, Li Yongzheng, Li Zhanyang, Ma Jun, Meng Baishen, Meng Huang, Mu Huan, Jiang Jie, Jing Kewen, Shen Xiaotong, Shu Qun, Sui Jianguo, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Wang Yigang, Xie Xiaoze, Xu Bing, Yang Mian, Ye Yongqing, Yue Minjun, Zhan Wang, Zhang Dali, Zhang Xiaotao, Zhang Wenrong, Zhang Wanxin, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhang Zhaoying, Zhou Chunya, Zhu Jia, Zhu Xi