Liu Ding (Beijing)


Beijing-based artist and curator Liu Ding conceived a performance composed of his poems—a plethora of conflicting emotions reflecting the political vernacular embedded within the consciousness of China’s population today. In his performance Messages, three actors attempt to read the same poem collectively in the dark, demonstrating striking physical divergence.

Top Right: Image courtesy of Chelsea Liu.
Bottom Right: Image courtesy of the artist.

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Liu Ding’s artistic and curatorial practice treats objects, events, discourses of art history and the foundation of historicization both as materials and as the basis for critical reflection.Liu Ding undertook a joint residency at the Van Eyck Academy and the Bonnefanten Museum, where he also co-presented an exhibition titled Reel: A Prelude, this summer. He participated in this year’s Istanbul Biennial and Asia Pacific Triennial. His work was included in the Shanghai Biennale, Prospect New Orleans, the Taipei Biennale, The 53rd Venice Biennale within the Chinese Pavilion, and others. He co-curates and co-publishes exhibitions and publications jointly with Carol Yinghua Lu, including Little Movements: Self-practice in Contemporary Art and From the Issue of Art to the Issue of Position: Echoes of Socialist Realism.