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April 23, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exploring Duality

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Join us for a panel discussion on the notion of duality as explored in Dreams, illusions, phantom flowers and beyond, with Nixi Cura (SOAS), Dr Rachel Marsden (UAL) and Dr Wenny Teo (Courtauld Institute), moderated by Ying Tan (British Council).

‘Exploring Duality’ is the second panel discussion part of the public programme of Dreams, illusions, phantom flowers, a collaborative project between Elephant and Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong/Shanghai) running at Elephant West from 13 – 28 April 2019.


Image: Wong Ping, ‘An Emo Nose’, 2015, 4 min 23 sec. Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery and the artist.




Nixi Cura is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, School of Arts at SOAS University of London. She read East Asian Studies at Yale University, then specialised in Chinese painting and Buddhist art, with a minor in Romanesque art, at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her current research interests include Qing art, especially during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795), collecting and antiquarian practices in the Qing, Republican and Manchukuo periods, and contemporary Chinese visual culture. Cura also serves concurrently as Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and co-founded the Arts of China Consortium.


Dr Rachel Marsden is a lecturer, curator, and arts writer, researching transcultural studies, cultural translation and curatorial practices in China and the Asia-Pacific. Furthermore, through teaching and learning, mapping approaches to “pedagogies of practice” and emerging cultural leadership. Currently, she is a Lecturer in Practice-based Research at the University of Arts London (UAL); Associate Curator at Culture Coventry (Herbert Art Gallery and Museum), and Governing Board Member for China Residencies (New York/China) and NPE Artist Residency (Singapore).


Ying Tan is currently a Curator of Visual Arts at the British Council in London. She was previously the Curator at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) since 2013, where she was in charge of the annual programme of exhibitions, public programme, as well as national and international touring shows. She has curated numerous exhibitions at CFCCA, in addition to many off-site projects in London and internationally. This includes the co-commission of Haze & Fog with Cao Fei (2013), as well as UK premiers of What Happened in the Year of the Dragon (2014) with Sun Xun and Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground (2003-present). She was a visiting lecturer for Christie’s Education (UK), as well as a contributor to KALEIDOSCOPE Asia and Randian in print and online. She was also on the curatorial faculty for Liverpool Biennial 2016. Other projects include: Amphibia featuring Tromarama at Centre A, Vancouver (2017); One of Two Stories, or Both featuring Samson Young at Manchester International Festival (2017); Asia Triennial Manchester featuring over 30 artists from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (2014); and Curating each other at Connecting Space, Hong Kong (2016).


Dr Wenny Teo is an Art Historian and Curator. Originally from Singapore, she received a BA in History of Art and English Literature from University of York, and an MA and PhD in History of Art from University College London. Her doctoral thesis, One World, One Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art and Spectacle examined the highly ambivalent relationship between contemporary Chinese art and spectacle from China’s ‘open door’ reforms in 1978 to the historical watershed of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her current book project builds on this body of research but centres on the new generation of contemporary Chinese artists born after 1978, particularly focusing on China’s geopolitical rise and questions of labour, humour, boredom, diaspora, post-Internet and online visual culture. Prior to joining The Courtauld Institute of Art as Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, she worked in various curatorial roles at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, and Tate Modern. In 2014 she was Associate Curator of We Have Never Participated – The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, and in 2016 she co-curated A Beautiful Disorder, an exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor installations by contemporary Chinese artists at Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester. Her writing has been published in various academic journals, catalogue essays and art magazines. She has guest edited issues of the Journal of Art Historiography and the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and is on the editorial board of Oxford Art Journal.