This year’s CCAA Critic Award is granted to critic Zhu Zhu for his proposed book “Gray Carnival (Art in China from 2000 to 2009)”. Drawing from a considerable volume of first hand material, Zhu Zhu offers a new critical analysis of this important decade. The book will turn on tropes such as “the set-forward clock”, as a metaphor for the course of visual art “expansion of boundaries”, which looks at the changing power relations between the Chinese and international art scenes, “the dual other”, an examination into the complex position of ink painting, wedged between ideologies of the contemporary, of the traditional and of the western; and “reality of the surreal,” referring to documentary and independent film. The exploration of a language of criticism indigenous to the Chinese art community is another important reason for selecting Zhu Zhu, whose use of language is both poetic and philosophically insightful. A grant of 80’000 RMB plus publication resources will be awarded to the author.
Zhu Zhu’s proposal was chosen out of 28 entries originating from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Europe. Comparing to two years ago, the jury was impressed by the increasing sophistication in topics and methodologies proposed. Main points of interest are alternative art practices, institutional critique and, interestingly, a critique of the prevailing trends in institutional critique itself.
The jury was composed of five members: Gong Yan (Editor-in-Chief of Art World Magazine, Director of O Art Center, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Fu Dan University) , Lars Nittve (Executive Director of M+ Museum, Hong Kong) Philip Tinari (Former editor-in-Chief of LEAP Magazine, Director of UCCA ), Wang Huangsheng (Director of CAFA Art Museum ) and Uli Sigg (Founder of CCAA) , The director of CCAA is Liu Lianna.