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Through the Body: Lens-based works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists

Five women with bowed heads under red light

Works by:

Chen Zhe, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Fan Xi, Fang Lu, Jin Hua, Ladybird Theatre, Lei Benben, Li Xinmo, Ma Qiusha, Ye Funa

Through the Body: Lens-based works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists

April 29–June 28, 2014

Curated by Matthew Brower, Fu Xiaodong, Yan Zhou

Co-presented with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

University of Toronto Art Centre

Through the Body will be the largest exhibition of lens-based work by contemporary Chinese women artists to be mounted outside of China. Focusing on photography and video, the exhibition is structured by the Chinese concept Ti Shi, which can be defined as the act of learning through bodily experience.

Each of the selected artists creates works that make visible an emerging range of Chinese femininities and offer new models for the contemporary experience of Chinese women. Gesturing toward new possibilities, this show foregrounds contemporary Chinese women’s situations and articulates new gender identities informed by the rapid changes in China’s traditional values and social and economic structures.

Curatorial Tour and Talk

The New Power of Contemporary Chinese Art
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 6-7:30pm
Featuring Matthew Brower, Fu Xiaodong and Yan Zhou
University of Toronto Art Centre

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6-8pm


Chun Hua Catherine Dong: Husbands and I
Thursday May 15, 2014
University of Toronto Art Centre


Playing Around: Representations of Sexuality and Gender in Contemporary Chinese work
Thursday May 15, 6-8pm, Friday May 16, 12-4pm, Saturday May 17, 2014, 12-3pm
Featuring Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Panel Discussion

This Woman’s Work: Intersections of Gender and Culture in Contemporary Chinese Art
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7-9pm
Featuring Jin Hua, Yam Lau, Matthew Brower, Yan Zhou

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge project support from Manulife Financial, and the Brick, Richmond Hill. CONTACT’s Primary Exhibitions are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Title Image: Li Xinmo, The Death of the Xinkai River, 2008. 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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