Liu Yefu, Shi Guowei and Yao Qingmei at the 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale

"Every Skyscraper is Built from the Ground " 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale

Duration: 2017.04.28–07.28
Venue: Chongqing Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art

Curatorial Team: Bisi Silva, Cui Cancan, Wang Qingsong

The second session of Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale includes two parts: one is Theme Exhibition, the other is Special Project. Five Units makes up the Theme Exhibition, namely, “Video Art and Film Art”, “Images and Visual Communication”, “Images and books, classic magazines, network”,“Images and Local time, Self-organization, Experimental space”, “Images and Contemporary Art”. These five units focus on the wonderful relationship between image art and different systems. Image art not only activates the development and boundaries of various social fields, but also constantly changes itself in this process, adding new attributes. The units, the literature and the works, intertwining and complementing each other, form rich and complex cultural clues together.
This Biennale, just as the one in last year, sets Video Art and Photography Award and other relative awards, judged by a jury comprised 5 reviewers and curators. During the 90 days, roundtable meetings and workshops will be held with artists in multi-fields, through cruising , broadcasting and recreation, which emphasizes the objective of “Every Skyscraper is Built from the Ground” that is to bring the exhibition, transmission and application of art to the social front, and strengthen the relationship between Biennale and different regional art practices. 

Introduction of Curatorial Team

Bisi Silva is the founder and art director of Lagos CCA in Nigeria, who has been in research and projection about international contemporary art and feminine art, and also writing articles for important art magazines such as Artforum and Artjournal. She was the co-curator for the 10th African Photography Biennale and some other important Biennales. She was the judge of the 2014 Pinchuk Art Centre Biennale and the 55th La Biennale di Venezia in 2015.

Cui Cancan is an active independent curator, who has receives CCAA award, Contemporay Art Criticism Award from Yishu, Annual Exhibition Award and Annual Curator Award from 2013-2015 L’FFICELART. His major exhibitions include Walking across Black Bridge at Night (2013), FUCKOFFII (2013), Haircut in Rural Areas (2013), Don’t Act in the Image (2013), The Sixth Ring is of one more Ring Compared to the Fifth Ring (2015), Ten Nights (2016), Xia Xiaowan Individual Exhibition (2015), Ai Weiei Individual Exhibition (2015), He Yunchang Individual Exhibition (2016),Zhaozhao Individual Exhibition(2016),etc.

Wang Qingsong, contemporary artist, living in Beijing, is the chief planner of the 1st Session of Changjiang International Biennale of Video Art and Photography. He has participated in Guangzhou Biennale, Sanghai Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Venice Biennale, etc. His works has been collected in SFMOMA, San Diego Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Hubei Museum of Art, etc.