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Venus Lau Sau Yee

Venus Lau Sau Yee is a curator and writer based in Hong Kong. After working in Beijing as an art writer and project curator, she now works actively in various cultural spheres across greater China, pursuing multidisciplinary experimentation with potential and emergent cultural productions in the region, while initiating discourses between Chinese art and the cultural structures in other countries. Beyond contemporary art, Venus Lau also engages in criticism on local cinematic and literary work and produces literary texts. She is currently researching topics including the Pearl River Delta as cultural rhetoric, subalterns and implosion in representation of triads in Hong Kong cinema and their relationship to the mythical monster Lu Ting, scrambled eggs as an object of desire in Hong Kong cinematic language, and empire and jianghu in the cultural geographies of Chinese contemporary art. She is also actively exploring the linkage between philosophical turn of object-oriented ontology and the everchanging concept of objecthood in the realm of art, while researching between Agambenian concept of homo sacer/ Alain Badiou's Event with the totality of image as a territory. She is currently working on her master thesis on hauntology and the paradox of appearance in media art. She has written extensively on contemporary art.



Jury’s statement

As the runner-up the jury decided to award the Hong Kong based art critic and curator Venus Lau Sau Yee's proposal “The Demon and the Spider in the Web: Institutional Critique and Objecthood in Contemporary Chinese Art.” The proposal adroitly balances a firm theoretical framework with a strong sense of being rooted in a real curatorial and artistic practice - now. The jury especially noted the sensitive critique of an increasingly fashionable "criticality" - be it institutional critique or relational aesthetics - in the Chinese context. The proposal offers a fresh position based on a recent return of objecthood in contemporary art. A grant of 40’000 RMB will be awarded to be used for publication of the proposed essay.

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.