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Staging Art and ChinesenessThe Politics of Trans/Nationalism and Global Expositions$
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Jane Chin Davidson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526139788

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526139795

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Introduction: staging art and Chineseness

Introduction: staging art and Chineseness

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Jane Chin Davidson

Manchester University Press

Providing a contextualization for the staging of art and Chineseness, the introduction establishes the different lines of inquiry in the book and the defining connections among its different historical, social, and political subjects. The explanation of the case studies articulates the politics of Chineseness in the era of global capitalism while introducing the artists Patty Chang, Zhang Huan Cao Fei, Yuk King Tan, Wu Mali, Wong Hoy Cheong, Lee Ming-sheng, Lin Shumin, Ho Siu Kee, Stanley Wong, and Cai Guo-Qiang. Their use of performative, embodied, and video expressions provides a way to engage in the subject of the artist’s ‘self’ as an open and apparent representation of nation, immigration, citizenship, and transnationalism. The staging of the trans/nationalist Chinese identity was foregrounded by the first biennial-type art exposition held in Guangzhou in 1992 at a time when the emergence of contemporary art expositions around the world – biennials, triennials and artfairs – had come to be viewed as the new institution for global art. By situating Chineseness in the political study of art and expositions, the introduction recognizes the multiple contradictions, the paradoxes, and repetitions of history engendered by art, nationalism, capital, and status in the new global transition.

Keywords:   Chineseness, Chinese art, critical theory, transnationalism, global capitalism, global exhibitions, biennials, triennials

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