UCCA Beijing

Bishan | Xucun: Experiments in Rural Revitalization through Art


Location:  UCCA Auditorium
Language:  In Chinese Only

Over the past few decades of China’s dramatic urbanization and so-called “New Countryside” construction, rural areas—their landscapes, spiritual traditions, and folk arts—have been destroyed. In a way, the country has lost its spiritual homeland.

If China is to rebuild the countryside and resurrect its traditions, how can art and artists contribute? In this talk, UCCA invites two practitioners of innovative rural construction to discuss their work. Artist Qu Yan spent ten years reviving Xucun, a small village in the Taihang Mountains, in collaboration with the local government. Three years ago, curator Zuo Jing initiated the “Bishan Commune” project together with curator and artist Ou Ning. The third speaker, Li Renqing, is an expert on rural development issues, offering a different perspective on the issue.

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Li Renqing (researcher at the Rural Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Qu Yan (artist, director of the Research Institute of Rural Arts and Construction, Guangdong University of Technology, and professor of art at Shanxi University)

Zuo Jing (curator, former director of the Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, and professor at Anhui University)


New Century Art Foundation (NCAF)

Founded by art collector Wang Bing in early 2014, the New Century Art Foundation (NCAF) aims to study and promote Chinese contemporary art. NCAF provides support for Chinese contemporary art outside of the existing art ecology. Through observation, research, and collaboration, NCAF offers multiple platforms to promote the work of young artists.