Saturday, 24 May 2008

Ma Zhongren and Zuoxiao Zuzhou

Both artists were part of the collective of ten artists known as Beijing East Village was formed in the early 1990s and comprised Wang Shihua, Cang Xin, Gao Yang, Zu Zhou, Ma Zongyin, Zhang Huan, Ma Liuming, Zhang Binbin, Duan Yingmei and Zhu Ming. The group became known for performance art and photography and this photograph by Lü Nan comes from a 20-minute live performance which took place in 1995 of To Add One Metre to an Unknown Mountain.

Zoe Butt

Zoe is Director of International Programmes at Long March Space, part of the 798 Art Zone in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. 

Interesting gallery. Runs programme of fellowships. Concentrating on Chinese artists who make work that challenges the social and political status quo in China and elsewhere. Regular programme of group shows. Also operates as a commercial gallery. 

Shu Yang

Shu Yang is an artist. Did an interesting project while on residency in Manchester, asking people in the street to photograph him wearing a Union Jack apron. He then photographed them too and exhibited the pair of photos alongside each other. 

Also Art Director of DaDao Live Art Festival, Planner, Lightning Factory, Beijing and Planner, Art Magazine art i, Beijing

Friday, 23 May 2008

He Meijing

Networks Manager for the British Council offices in Beijing. 
Can put visiting artists in touch with curators, galleries, artists etc. 

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Liang Wei

Artist based in Beijing. 
Makes video and drawings
Represented by interesting gallery in Athens, Greece

Yang Tao

Tao is an established and successful Sculptor in Beijing. Makes stylised human forms with huge bellies. Is working on a commission for hundreds of these figures that subverts the idea of the Terracotta army. His vast studio is covered with these creatures ...  

Colin Chinnery

Artist, Curator, Writer

Colin used to work at the British Council in Beijing. Left there to set up the Ullens space  Now moved on to be freelance - various international curating projects as well as continuing his own art practice. 

798 Art Zone

A HUGE complex of galleries. Their marketing reads ... 230,000 square meters assembles many cultural elements such as galleries, design studios, fashion shops, restaurants ... nearly 400 organisations!

Meng Jinn

Did his MA at Chelsea. Interesting photographs of domestic spaces with views of political architecture from the window. 

Wu Wanxuan

Photographer. Collaborates with artists on projects. 

Tone Zhao (Zhao Hongxin) - Art and Knowledge Space

Director of Art and Knowledge Space, Beijing. 

Cheng Guang Feng

Sound Sculptor. His studio is that of a 'mad scientist'! Glass test tubes and other paraphernalia crowd the surfaces. He fills these with green liquid and suspends them from various metal stands and frames. Feng wires this up to speakers and you can hear the installations ... 

Dong Bingfeng

Artist. Dong Bingfeng made a BEAUTIFUL triptych video of the people at work in a coastal fishing village. One of the men, one of the women, and one of both sexes working. 

Independent Curator, recent of Labyrinth I and Labyrinth II

Curator at Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, 798 Art District, Beijing

Monday, 19 May 2008

Duan Yuting

Duan Yuting founded the Lianzhou International Photo Festival. An annual photography exhibition in the city of the same name. Festival has a reputation as the foremost photography exhibition in China. A guest curator works with her each year to select the work. 
Duan is based in Guangzhou and also in Beijing.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Richard Calder Chen

Tuesday, 13 May 2008


Xu Shuxian (or Sue)

Sue is a video artist. See
Sue has also been working as a Project Manager at Vitamin Space.

Hu Fang

Artistic Director of Vitamin Creative Space
Interesting gallery in Guangzhou, represents artists but also runs great programme of exhibitions, talks, education events etc. that are more about questioning the art market than participating in it. Will launch the Vitamin Art 'Shop' at Frieze Art Fair this October

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art

Chen Tong's Librería Borges is a gallery cum bookshop. In addition to his role as critic and curator, Chen publishes the magazine Vision 21 and edits art theory books. We didn't meet Chen Tong personally. 

Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art
7 Yile Yihang, Yile Road, Guangzhou
86 20 89100086

Monday, 28 April 2008

Jim Hollington

Jim is the Director of the British Council in Guangzhou, leading the whole South China area. 

Susan Liu

Susan Liu is the Arts Manager for the British Council's South China area. Based in Guangzhou

Veronica Wang

Veronica Wang is an Arts Officer for the South China area. Based in Guangzhou. 



Hui Zooci

Friday, 25 April 2008

Mai Yong Xi (or Ron)

Ron's an artist. His blog is He's showing work in Berlin at  

Ron took us exploring the shops of his childhood. A grocer on the university campus where he grew up and Shipai urban village, as well as the shop of the cheapest DVDs in town!

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Xiao Xiong

Woo Jay

Art Director of Ping Pong art space

Nikita Choi

Art Director of Ping Pong art space

Fang Lu

Lu did her BA and MA in the US. Now living partly in San Francisco and partly in Guangzhou/Beijing. Works under the name of Deer Fang.

Deer Fang is a video performance artist. Fang's recent work creates ways of narrating by selecting, combining and expanding text from novels, news and the Internet. She embeds social situations within the production of video and creates events to investigate participatorial performance and social behaviour. 

John Philip

Wang Bang

Monday, 21 April 2008

Hu Xiang Qian

Wang Jing

Finishing off her MA, Jing is also a curator at OCAT, (OCT Contemporary Art Terminal) in Shenzhen.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Huang Xiaopeng

Tuesday, 11 March 2008


Photographic Lab on Avenida Angelica (at top end nearer to Paulista). 
Talk to Wilson. He's great. Takes the time to talk through what you need and to get it just right. Doesn't speak English. 

Monday, 10 March 2008

Matt Lewis

Chris Stout and Thomas Rohrer

Patricia Souza

Patricia used to work for the British Council, now a freelance producer of various artforms

Anna Jobson

Anna works for Arts Council England on formulating strategy for the organisation. Another area of her responsibility is for the Artists Links project in Brazil/UK. 

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Tania Grillo

Tania did the Visual Language of Performance MA at Wimbledon School of Art. She's Brazilian and now back in Rio. Interested in crossovers twix theatre, performance, live art, art

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Stephen Rimmer

Stephen is the Creative Industries Manager at the British Council in Sao Paulo. 

Friday, 22 February 2008

Priscilla & Angela Santos - Paço des Artes

Silvia Leal de Oliveira

Silvia is an arts practitioner living in Rio de Janeiro. Interested in cross-cultural identity, multidisciplinary & socio-political arts, within and beyond the gallery space.  Also works as an arts educator to children and provides translation/ interpretation for the Arts industry between English and Portuguese. Brought up in London, attended Wimbledon School of Art and did her BA at Saint Martins. Prior to coming to Brazil was the curator of 3Dreid Gallery in London.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Marcos Gallon

Curator at Galeria Vermelho (Red Gallery)

Curates annual Verbo Festival of performance 

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Edouard Fraipont

Edouard Fraipont, a visual arts practitioner and photographer from São Paulo who works with self portraiture and iconography. Recent research explores evocations of the supernatural in landscapes and transfiguring the body to create distorted photographic testimonies.

Camila Sposati

Camila Sposati from São Paulo works across visual arts media including drawing, photography, film, video and sculpture.  She is University College London chemistry department’s first artist in residence between August and October 2007 researching her project Entropy which extends her artistic practice research by engaging with crystals to create sculpture and illuminations.  Camila’s residency was co-hosted by Gasworks, UK.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Simon Will

The lovely Simon Will.

Sunday, 10 February 2008


Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Jailton Carvalho


Rosario Caltabiano

Went to opening of Rosario's show. Was an exhibition of photographs of people's navels, accompanied by their date and city of birth. Viewers were also invited to enter a booth and have their belly buttons photographed. 

Interesting talk of mothers, of umbilical cords, of splitting, of being human, of procreating. 

Lottie Child

Biba Rigo

Biba is an artist, making interventions into public space and provoking participation and collaboration from members of the public. She also runs a space in the Vila Madalena district of São Paolo, which is used one night as a cinema, then the next a discussion forum, then the next for an art opening. Also used as a 'space exchange' with other artists. 

Monday, 4 February 2008

Livraria Cultura

Fantastic, huge bookshop in São Paulo. 
Within the Conjunto Nacional shopping centre, which is on the corner of Av. Paulista and Rua Augusta. 

Guilherme Teixeira

Curator at Centro Cultural São Paulo

Fabiano Marques

Fabiano is a visual artist working in curatorial intervention, video and installation. He lives in Sao Paulo but has recently spent 6 months in the UK, supported by the Artists Links residencies.  

We went to Fabiano's exhibition opening at the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo. He was part of the PANORAMA DOS PANORAMAS show, which put together works from the permanent collection of the musuem. Fabiano's was a very interesting work. While walking around the show, one occasionally came across paintings covered by low-profile, slick, brown cardboard boxes. This was Fabiano's work and in an examination of the structures of museums, of curating, and of whom chooses which art is displayed, the curators chose different artwork each week that would be covered. Apparently, a woman had come to the opening to see a painting of her husband's that she had recently donated to MAM, and found that the painting was covered by Fabiano's cardboard cloak! 

Felipe Moraes

My work is based upon a brazilian popular genre of writting called
'chronicle', it's a kind of 'short cuts' with a strong presence of
oral language. 

Maurício Santos

We met Maurício in Sao Paolo, with his wife Cristina, a psychologist and their son, Chico. 

My first background is in music. I have a degree in Composition, and during some time my main field of work was to compose and play music for theatre. I've done some work with electroacoustic music as well, and my work "Répétition - sound drama" participated in the IV International Biennial of Electroacoustic Music of São Paulo (Bimesp), in 2002. 

I've always written poems and short stories, so by that time I decided to change my focus in theatre from music to text. My first play "Máscara Preta" was performed by the Grupo Griot in the fringe of the Curitiba International Theatre Festival, in 2002. 

In 2004, I moved to London and then to Paris, where I studied literature in the Université de  Paris VIII.  In 2005 I moved back to São Paulo, where I finished (in 2006) my doctorate in French Literature, with a thesis on french writer, film maker and playwright Marguerite Duras and the role of music in her work. Since 2007, I'm working on a film project, with the support of the State of São Paulo, a documentary that investigates the body in the context of anorexia.
Today, I'm part of the artist collective As Rutes, which performs interventions in urban contexts, particularly in São Paulo, using techniques of clowns, storytelling and visual arts. 
Finally, I write for - Futebol, Política e Cachaça (Football, Politics and Cachaca), a blog that won the prize of best brazilian sports blog in 2007! And we are now competing for the iBest prize in the same category.