Liao Wen

Curator Liao Wen shared with me her observations on China’s changing society and the struggles of artists in a commercialized environment. She especially has encouraged women artists, beginning with her 1995 exhibition titled Women’s Approach to Chinese Contemporary Art. She reminds Westerners that feminism in China was a reaction to the socialist past where women had too much to bear in “holding up half the sky” because the men did not hold up half the household in turn. So, in the early 1990s, a celebration of home life and feminine frills was considered a liberation. With a background in Chinese literature, she is interested in artists who can connect the development of Chinese art with its past, in a coherent progression.

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