Exhibition talk as part of MICRO ERA
Contemporary Art from China - The current situation and international exhibition practice
With Heidi Ballet, Anna-Catharina Gebbers and Li Zhenhua
On the occasion of the exhibition Micro Era. Media Art from China, Heidi Ballet and Li Zhenhua will talk with Anna-Catharina Gebbers about curating exhibitions of contemporary art from China. With media art developments in mind, one focus will be on the critical reflection on the history of Chinese art exhibitions inside and outside of China.
Heidi Ballet is an independent curator based in Berlin and Brussels with a background in East Asia Studies and research interests in oceanic histories. In 2019, she curated one of three exhibitions that made up the Tallin Photomonth Biennial. In 2018 she curated the Beaufort Sculpture Triennial, and in 2017 she co-curated the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) in Northern Norway with Milena Hoegsberg. In 2016 Ballet curated an exhibition series at the Jeu de Paume Paris and CAPC Bordeaux titled Our Ocean Your Horizon. The same year she curated The Morality Reflex at CAC Vilnius. Between 2012 and 2015 she worked as a research curator for the essay exhibition After Year Zero presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (2013) and the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2015). Previously, she was assistant curator of the Taipei Biennale in 2012. Her writing has appeared in Art Papers, Mousse, Art Review Asia and Randian.
Anna-Catharina Gebbers is a curator of the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, where she is responsible for international media and performance art, having staged exhibitions by Anne Imhof (Forever Rage, 2015, and Angst II, 2016) and Julian Rosefeldt (Manifesto, 2016), as well as group exhibitions like moving is in every direction. Environments – Installations – Narrative Spaces (2017), and international collaborative projects like the exhibition chapter Making Paradise. Places of Longing from Paul Gauguin to Tita Salina (in collaboration with Grace Samboh and Enin Supriyanto) for Hello World. Revising a Collection (2018). In 2019 she curated Micro Era: Cao Fei, Fang Di, Lu Yang, Zhang Peili together with the co-curators Victor Wang, Yang Beichen, and the curatorial advisor Pi Li, as a Nationalgalerie exhibition at Kulturforum Berlin.
Li Zhenhua (born 1975, Beijing) is a multi-media artist, curator and producer. He spends his time between Berlin, Zurich, and Beijing. He is the founders of Laboratory Art Beijing, and the Mustard Seed garden. Since 2010 he has been nominator for the Summer Academy at the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (Switzerland), as well as for The Prix Pictet (Switzerland). Since 2014, he has curated Art Basel's Hong Kong Film program. Zhenhua is actively engaged in the production, dissemination, and critical discussions around new media and has taken part in symposiums, talks, and presentations at leading galleries and museum spaces worldwide. He is the inaugural curator for new institutions in China, such as K11 Chi Art Space, Shanghai, 2013, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2014, Ginkgo Art Space, Beijing, 2015, and A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, 2016-2017.