Liu Ding and Carol Yinghua Lu have been named co-artistic directors of the 2023 Yokohama Triennale. By choosing the duo, both Chinese, the Triennale’s organizing committee has for the second consecutive time awarded the direction of the event to non-Japanese curators, after selecting the New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective to curate 2020’s “Afterglow.”
Liu, curator and artist, explores the intersection between art, culture and politics in modern and contemporary Chinese history through a practice that integrates media such as text, photography, installation, painting and the performance. Lu, an art historian, is curator and director of the Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, where she recently curated “Wang Youshen: Codes of Culture” (2022), the first major study of the artist’s work. Prior to coming to Inside-Out, Lu was editor-in-chief of curly for over a decade. She was a visiting scholar at the Tate Research Center in 2013. Liu and Lu have since 2007 jointly organized projects in Beijing since 2007. The main ones are “Notes: Chinese Artistic and Intellectual Voices from the End of the Twentieth Century,” on view at Inside-Out through July 23, and 2021″Waves and Echoes: Postmodernism and the Global 1980s”, also at Inside-Out.
Although no official theme has been announced and no artist has been revealed, selection committee chairman Asada Akira said in a statement that “rather than repeating the often-seen trendy themes in International Art Festivals”, the 2023 Yokohama Triennale “takes Lu Xun’s prose poetry collection”. wild grasswhich is well known in Japan, as the starting point of a journey that delves deeply and broadly into the imagination.
The 2023 iteration is the eighth of the Triennale since its inauguration in 2001. Scheduled to run from December 9, 2023 to March 10, 2024, the 2023 Yokohama Triennale will be the first edition of the event to be held in winter. Additionally, this will be the first major exhibition to take place at the newly renovated Yokohama Museum of Art.