Frontier:Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics

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Opening Forum & Catalogue Launch: 2:00-3:30pm, March 20,2018

Opening:4:00pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Duration: March 20 - July 31, 2018

VenueOCAT Institute, Beijing


Curator: Lu Mingjun

Artists: Cai Guo-Qiang, Chang Yuhan, Long March Project, Chen Chieh-Jen, Cheng Xinhao, Kao Jun-Honn, Guo Xi & Zhang Jianling, He An, He Xiangyu, Hong Hao, Morgan Wong, Liao Fei, Lin Ke, Liu Xiaodong, Liu Yefu, Liu Yujia, Pu Yingwei, Qin Ga, Shen Xin, Shi Qing, Song Dong, Tao Hui, Wang Bing, Wang Sishun, Wang Yin, Hsu Chia-Wei, J. P. Sniadecki & Huang Xiang & Xu Ruotao, Xu Zhen, Samson Young, Yang MaoyuanYang Yuanyuan, Yu Ji, Chien-Chi Chang, Zhang Yue & Bao Xiaowei, Zhao Liang, Zhao Tingyang, Zhao Yao, Zhao Zhao, Zheng Guogu, Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Zhu Yu, Zhuang Hui


OCAT Institute

OCAT Shanghai


OCAT Institute is honoured to present the exhibition Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics from March 20 to July 31, 2018. Curated by Lu Mingjun, the exhibition invites more than forty famous contemporary artists. Their employment of various media such as video, installation, painting, photography and archival materials enriches artistic expressions and inspires contemplation on regional politics from an artistic perspective.


Besides presenting the highly stylised and timely artistic practices of the new generation of artists in recent years, the exhibition also incorporates into its narrative several artworks that have been broadly exhibited and accepted home and abroad. Centering on the post-globalised world and taking the concept of “frontier” as its theme, this exhibition hopes to present works by artists from different eras and cultural backgrounds, as well as new ideas inspired.


Since the 1990s, artists have been looking into terms imbued with transitional meanings such as “borders”, “frontiers” and “moving identification in a globalised era” to reflect on regional studies and practices in different dimensions, therefore acquiring for individual experience of re-examining the world's regional politics, economics and cultural structures. These concrete practices can be seen as a form of political act, or self-reflexively as deviations of artistic language.


This exhibition strives for a new structure and narrative through artistic practices, to open up our understandings of the multi-faceted relationships between borders, frontiers and moving identification in a globalised era and to lead us into an active participation in this brutal, violent process of reality by appealing to new perceptions and imaginations of art and politics.


Before touring to Beijing, this exhibition had previously been presented at OCAT Shanghai, in dedication to the museum’s 5th anniversary. Besides showcasing selected works from its previous edition in Shanghai, works of archival characters are incorporated into its Beijing edition in response to OCAT Institution’s unique visions and missions.


Opening Forum & Catalogue Launch 

Theme: Boundary, Frontier, and Moving Identification: Experience and Field Practice

Time: 2:00-3:30pm, March 20,2018

Participants: Chang Yuhan(Artist), Cheng Xinhao(Artist), Songdong(Artist), Zhao Liang(Artist), Zhuang Hui(Artist)

Host: Lu Mingjun(Curator)

About the Curator

Lu Mingjun is a Doctor of History, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Art Studies in the Arts College of Sichuan University. Recent curated exhibitions include Stereognosis Zone (2015, Guangzhou), Liberated Skin (2016, Wuhan), The Visibility of Strength (2017, Shanghai) and Compounds of Aura (2017, Beijing). Recent publications include Conscious Forking Paths: Three Contemporary Art Exhibitions/Projects from 1999 and What Followed (2017, upcoming), and The Poetry of Gaze: Visual Culture, Art History and Contemporary (2017, upcoming).


2015 Appointed Artistic Director of Surplus Space Contemporary Art

2015 Awarded the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant

2016 Recipient of the Yishu Award for Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art

2017 Awarded Asia Cultural Council Fellowship

2017 Recipient of the CCAA Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award


Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town Co., Ltd.


Special Thanks:

New Century Art Foundation

BOE iGallery


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