Cao Kai 曹恺

Cao Kai, a contemporary artist and independent curator.

Born in 1969, from Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. After graduating from Nanjing Academy of the Arts  in 1992,he worked in Nanjing TV Station for many years. He established PEEXIE Studio in Nanjing in 2000, whose work includes the creation, criticism, historical research, exhibition, and education of experimental films and video art, associating with other fields, such as documentary, new media art and digital art. Cao Kai 曹恺

Yuan Gong 原弓

Born in Shanghai in 1961, Yuan Gong obtained a PhD degree at the Chinese National Academy of Arts in 2012, but has immersed himself in different aspects of Chinese contemporary art since the 1990s. Being both creator and researcher, designer and planner, Yuan Gong is a multiple facets artist playing at the interface of conceptual art, performance and fine arts. Using a large variety of media, his artworks address many philosophical questions, reflecting his concerns about the Chinese society and the art system. Yuan Gong 原弓

Xu Tan 徐坦

Xu Tan was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1957 and currently lives in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. In 1993, he became a member of the “Big Tail Elephant Group” (Da Wei Xiang), an experimental artistic group formed in Guangzhou. His work has been shown around the world, including at the 53rd and 50th Venice Biennials, the 2nd Berlin Biennia, the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial and the 4th Kwangju Biennial, amongst others.
Xu Tan 徐坦

Marianne Heier 马瑞安•海儿

Marianne Heier (b. 1969) lives and works in Oslo. In her projects she often explores specific institutions ‘from the inside’. Her work can be seen as situated within an institution-critical artistic tradition; but Heier’s critique from the inside is more often the result of personal engagement, motivated by personal, lived experience, than of a calculated, strategic institution-critical praxis. Questions related to economy and the circulation of value are central in her work, and she has often used gifts as an artistic strategy. Marianne Heier 马瑞安•海儿


Li Zhenhua: Viewer is the closest person for the artist

Li Zhenhua is one of curators of the Main project of the 3rd Ural Industrial biennial of contemporary art. He has visited Ekaterinburg in April. We discussed what it means to be a curator, that a budget does not always play a definitive role and that a viewer is the same art object as a piece of art. To illustrate this interview we’ve chosen some projects of the artists who are working with Zhenhua.