Dr Minerva Inwald
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Minerva Inwald

Arts,Design & Architecture
iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research

I am a historian of modern China, and currently Judith Neilson Post-Doctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art at UNSW in Sydney. My interdisciplinary research applies historical and art historical methodologies to explore the cultural and social history of twentieth and twenty-first century China. My current book project reframes the history of the visual arts in the People’s Republic of China by exploring how visual arts practice contributed to creating, and then dismantling, the party-state’s official taxonomy of socialist class identities.

I am co-author of the book Floating Time: Chinese Prints, 1954–2002 (Sydney: Power Publications, 2016). I co-curated the exhibitions Provocations: Avant-Garde Art in China in the 1980s (Fisher Library, The University of Sydney, 2017) and Floating Time: Chinese Prints, 1954–2002 (University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, 2016). My writing on Chinese contemporary art has been published in Art Monthly Australasia.

  • Books | 2016
    Whiteman SH; Wei B; Inwald M, 2016, Floating Time Chinese Prints, 1954?2002, Power Publications Incorporated (FL)
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Inwald M, 2023, 'The Aesthetic Needs of the Masses: Cultural Work in the Aftermath of the Great Leap Forward', Modern China, 49, pp. 290 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00977004221132155
  • Curatorial Outputs | 2017
    Inwald M; Wei B, 2017, Provocations: Avant-Garde Art in China in the 1980s, exhibited at: Fisher Library, The University of Sydney, 31 August 2017 - 15 July 2018, https://library.sydney.edu.au/collections/east-asian/provocations/index.html
    Curatorial Outputs | 2016
    Inwald M; Whiteman S; Wei B, 2016, Floating Time: Chinese Prints, 1954–2002, exhibited at: University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, 01 August 2016 - 25 November 2016