Dr Shuxia   Chen
Lecturer

Dr Shuxia Chen

BBA (Hons) MVA (Hons) MA PhD 

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Shuxia is an art historian and curator. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney, and an MA in Studio Art (Honours) from Sydney College of the Arts. Her research concerns the relationship between visual art, society and politics in China, particularly the role of photography in forming new understandings of the transversal space between state and the cultural-intellectual classes in the socialist and post-socialist era. She joins UNSW Art & Design with rich interdisciplinary knowledge between art history and theory, Chinese Studies and sociology, spanning research, publication and teaching, as well as significant industry experience in the GLAM sector. Shuxia is working on two book projects: A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980 (Shanghai, 2022), and Chinese Toggles: Culture in Miniature (Sydney, 2023). In addition to her 0.5 lecturer position here, she is also Curator, China Gallery, Chau Chak Wing Museum, the University of Sydney.

Location
Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Chen S, 2022, 'A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980', in Chen S (ed.), A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980, Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House, Shanghai
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Chen S, 2015, 'Looking Backward: Chinese Art in 2014', in Shared Destiny: China Story Year Book 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/CSY.11.2015
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Chen S, 2016, 'Authentically Socialist: a window on a Communist utopia’', in PLA Picture Pub: Long Live the Glorious ‘May Seventh Directive’, Errata Editions, New York
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Chen S, 2018, 'Ren Hang: Bodies Without Redemption', in Gilded Age: Made In China Year Book 2017, ANU Press, Canberra, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/MIC.04.2018.37
    Edited Books | 2022
    Chen S, (ed.), 2022, A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980, Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House, Shanghai
  • Journal articles | 2008
    Chen S, 2008, 'Julian Schnabel', Artforum International
    Journal articles | 2008
    Chen S, 2008, 'Roland Fischer', Artforum International
    Journal articles | 2010
    Chen S, 2010, 'Edge of elsewhere', Artforum International
    Journal articles | 2010
    Chen S, 2010, 'The 17th Biennale of Sydney', Artforum International
    Journal articles | 2010
    Chen S, 2010, 'Wang Jianwei: the great politics of human interaction', Realtime
    Journal articles | 2015
    Chen S, 2015, 'Manipulation as Art: Photographs by Xu Zhuo, 1979–1981', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0006.103
    Journal articles | 2017
    Chen S, 2017, 'Departing from Socialist Realism: the April Photo Society, 1979-1981', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0008.103
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chen S, 2020, 'Photography Institutions Burgeoning in China', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0010.215
    Journal articles | 2019
    Chen S; Zhou D; Shi Z, 2019, 'Photographic Praxis in China, 1930s-1980s: A conversation with Chen Shuxia, Shi Zhimin, and Zhou Dengyan about Shi Shaohua and the Friday Salon', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0009.206
    Journal articles | 2019
    Chen S, 2019, 'A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980', Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Chen S, 2022, 'A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980', in Chen S (ed.), A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980, Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House, Shanghai
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Chen S, 2018, 'Ren Hang: Bodies Without Redemption', in Gilded Age: Made In China Year Book 2017, ANU Press, Canberra, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/MIC.04.2018.37
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Chen S, 2016, 'Authentically Socialist: a window on a Communist utopia’', in PLA Picture Pub: Long Live the Glorious ‘May Seventh Directive’, Errata Editions, New York
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Chen S, 2015, 'Looking Backward: Chinese Art in 2014', in Shared Destiny: China Story Year Book 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/CSY.11.2015
  • Edited Books | 2022
    Chen S, (ed.), 2022, A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980, Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House, Shanghai
  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2021
    Chen S; Suwannakudt P, 2021, (un)spoken, The First Trans-Southeast Asia Triennial, Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, - , medium: performance, video installation, at: http://www.gzarts.edu.cn/info/1085/29886.htm
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2012
    Chen S, 2012, Egg Friends, Made in China, Australia, Salamanca Arts Centre (Hobart), Burnie Regional Gallery (TAS) 1 February – 1 March 2013 McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (VIC) 17 March – 9 June 2013 Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (NSW) 21 June – 28 July 2013 Adelaide Festival Centre (SA) 6 August – 22 October 2013 Ararat Regional Art Gallery (VIC) 27 March – 18 May 2014 Kickarts Contemporary Arts, Cairns (QLD) 2 June – 5 July 2014 Artspace Mackay (QLD) 5 September – 18 October 2014 Grafton Regional Gallery (NSW) 10 December 2014 – 1 February 2015 Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (TAS) 21 February – 3 May 2015, - , at: https://www.salarts.org.au/event/made-in-china-australia/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2012
    Chen S, 2012, Dreamscape, Make Yourself at Home: Emerging Chinese-Australian Artists, ChinaLink Gallery, Sydney, - , medium: mixed media installation, recorded cassettes
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2012
    Chen S, 2012, Untitled, Comings and Goings: Chinese-Australian Artists, ChinaLink Gallery, Sydney, - , medium: mixed media installation and performance
    Curatorial Outputs | 2022
    Chen S, 2022, Sentient Paper: Technology, History, Art, exhibited at: China Gallery, Chau Chak Wing Museum, the University of Sydney, -
    Curatorial Outputs | 2012
    Chen S, 2012, Make Yourself at Home: Emerging Chinese-Australian Artists, exhibited at: ChinaLink Gallery, Sydney, -
    Curatorial Outputs | 2012
    Chen S, 2012, Shen Jiawei: Brothers and Sisters, exhibited at: Seymour Centre, the University of Sydney, -
    Curatorial Outputs | 2018
    Chen S, 2018, A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, exhibited at: Taikang Space, Beijing, - , http://www.taikangspace.com/shows/index/227.html
    Curatorial Outputs | 2020
    Chen S, 2020, Auspicious: Motifs in Chinese Art, exhibited at: Chau Chak Wing Museum, the University of Sydney, - , https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/11/23/inaugural-china-gallery-show-examines-culture-of-auspiciousness.html
    Curatorial Outputs | 2021
    Chen S; Krischer O, 2021, Wayfaring: Photography in 1970s-80s Taiwan, exhibited at: CIW Gallery, ANU, Canberra, - , http://ciw.anu.edu.au/events/wayfaring-photography-1970s-80s-taiwan
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Chen S, 2014, 'The Human Self and Breaking from “the Mass”: April Photo Society 1979-1981', presented at American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, New York
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Chen S, 2014, 'Photographic Encounters: Photographs of Lois Conner and Her Journeys to the Reforming China', presented at AAANZ, Launceston
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Chen S, 2017, 'Learning from Home: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980', presented at Centre for Chinese Visual Art 10th Annual Conference, Birmingham City University, UK
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Chen S, 2018, 'The Birth of a Liupai: the Fission Group, 1986-1988', presented at AAANZ, Melbourne
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Chen S, 2019, 'The Aura of Reproduction: When Photography Met Photocopier in 1980s China', presented at College Art Association, New York
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Chen S, 2020, 'Within and Without: Di Yuancang and Introduction of Western Photography to Socialist China, 1949-1979', presented at College Art Association, Chicago
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    Chen S, 2021, 'Picturing a Psychic World of 1980s Taiwan', presented at Remembering Taiwan’s Martial Law Conference
    Creative Written Works | 2021
    Chen S, 2021, Auspicious: Motifs in Chinese Art, TAASA Review, TAASA Review
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chen S, 2020, 'Photography Institutions Burgeoning in China', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0010.215
    Journal articles | 2019
    Chen S; Zhou D; Shi Z, 2019, 'Photographic Praxis in China, 1930s-1980s: A conversation with Chen Shuxia, Shi Zhimin, and Zhou Dengyan about Shi Shaohua and the Friday Salon', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0009.206
    Journal articles | 2019
    Chen S, 2019, 'A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980', Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
    Journal articles | 2017
    Chen S, 2017, 'Departing from Socialist Realism: the April Photo Society, 1979-1981', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0008.103
    Journal articles | 2015
    Chen S, 2015, 'Manipulation as Art: Photographs by Xu Zhuo, 1979–1981', Trans-Asia Photography Review, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0006.103
    Journal articles | 2010
    Chen S, 2010, 'Edge of elsewhere', Artforum International
    Journal articles | 2010
    Chen S, 2010, 'The 17th Biennale of Sydney', Artforum International
    Journal articles | 2010
    Chen S, 2010, 'Wang Jianwei: the great politics of human interaction', Realtime
    Journal articles | 2008
    Chen S, 2008, 'Julian Schnabel', Artforum International
    Journal articles | 2008
    Chen S, 2008, 'Roland Fischer', Artforum International

Awards

Grants

  • Travelling Fellowship, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2020 (postponed)
  • China Professional Placement, Australia Council for the Arts, 2020
  • The Taiwan National Photographic Assets Curatorial Project Grant by Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, 2020
  • Publication grant, Gordon Darling Foundation, 2020
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2017
  • Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Curatorial Residency Programme 2014
  • Travel Grant, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2013
  • Community Grant for exhibition Make yourself at home, City of Sydney, 2012

Media

Current research projects include:

  • The "Grey Zone": Self-Organised Photography Groups in Beijing, 1977-1988
  • Amateur Photographic Practice and its Cultural Networks in Taiwan and Hong Kong, 1970s-1990s

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