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Curatorial Relativism - impressions of a Chinese decade in art and design. Lecture with Beatrice Leanza, creative director Beijing Design Week

Time: Monday 4 February, 3 pm
Place: The project Room at Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm

On the occasion of Stockholm Design Week we welcome Beatrice Leanza, creative director of Beijing Design Week.
Curatorial Relativism – impressions of a Chinese decade in art and design
Spanning a decade of projects in and out of China, Beatrice Leanza will peek into the “joy and discontents” of her multidisciplinary curatorial practice drawing upon unconventional models of exhibition making, across underground parking lots in Beijing, a 16th century monastery in Milan, an inflatable radio station in Shanghai, and a fictional pan-Asian city called Xijing, among others. While introducing the work realized with her own Beijing-based creative studio BAO Atelier, she’ll explore how the unruly development of institutional boundaries in the Chinese art context, might have contributed in taking creative and collaborative processes into unexpected conceptual and practical terrain. As local economic imperatives and official agendas seem to herald the end of the Made-in-China era, she’ll share her perspective about how governmentally supported initiatives like Beijing Design Week can effectively configure productive synergies among creative communities, the industry and the general public. 
Beatrice Leanza (lives and works in Beijing) – creative director Beijing Design Week
An independent curator and critic, Beatrice earned an MA in Asian studies from CA’Foscari University (Venice) in 2002, when she joined Beijing’s China Art Archives and Warehouse (CAAW) - the alternative art space directed by artist Ai Weiwei since the mid-1990s - acting as curator until 2005.  Whereafter she founded the creative studio and research practice BAO Atelier (, a unique China-based think-tank fostering encounters across the visual arts, design and architecture, while also initiating, as its co-founding director, the experimental festival Borderline Moving Images (Beijing, 2006/07 – 
She has curated, contributed to and organized a variety of exhibitions and cultural projects in both China and Europe, including events during the Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Milan Design Week, and participated to curatorial initiatives in Paris (YCI – FIAC & Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, 2006), Gwangju, Korea (The Global Institute, 7th Gwangju Biennal, 2008) and Tokyo (Tokyo Wonder Site, 2009), among others. Her projects have appeared in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art International, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, Abitare, Wallpaper, Surface Asia,, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art,, etc.
She is regularly contributing to catalogues and publications about art and design from the East Asian region and has been recently appointed Creative Director of Beijing Design Week.

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