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Dr Wenny Teo, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, leads a talk on Cao Fei.
Cao Fei is a multi-media artist and filmmaker based in Beijing. Video, digital media, photography and objects all play a role in the artist’s engagement with an age of rapid technological development. The Serpentine Galleries exhibition will bring together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology that Cao Fei continuously draws upon.
Wenny Teo is an art historian and curator. Originally from Singapore, she received a BA in History of Art and English Literature from the University of York, and a 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 the Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, she worked in various curatorial roles in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, and at Tate Modern, London and has continued to work on various curatorial projects internationally. 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.