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Yingmei Duan, "Happy Yingmei" 2012. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Alexander Newton

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Institute of Asian Performance Art

Tehching Hsieh 謝德慶 | Yingmei Duan 段英梅

29 Sep 2018

Join us for a conversation between artist Tehching Hsieh and curator Adrian Heathfield, followed by a new performative lecture by artist Yingmei Duan made specifically for Nottingham Contemporary.
Developed by curator Victor Wang 王宗孚 for the 11th edition of DRAF Curator’s Series, the Institute of Asian Performance Art (IAPA) is an international network to promote understanding of early performance art in East Asia. For this event at Nottingham Contemporary, IAPA presents two influential early performance artists from Taiwan and China. 
Tehching Hsieh discusses his work with Adrian Heathfield, curator of Tehching Hsieh: Doing Time, the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). The conversation explores Hsieh’s ideas on time and performance, in particular in his durational works including his five One Year Performances and Thirteen Year Plan (1986–1999), whereby Hsieh pledged not to exhibit work over a thirteen-year period. Hsieh also discusses his ambitious proposal for a career retrospective that is measured and displayed in both time and space. 
Yingmei Duan presents a new performative lecture Future Imagination: A solo show by Yingmei Duan in 2021 at Nottingham Contemporary.  This live work created especially for the event is the latest in a series that sees Yingmei adopt the role of museum guide to present an imagined solo exhibition at the host institution. This ambitious fictional exhibition lasts only for the duration of the performance, as Yingmei describes artworks included in the show. 
In collaboration with DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) and Vicor Wang.
To know more about the Curators’ Series 11. Institute of Asian Performance Art. By Victor Wang 王宗孚 (27 Sept – 28 Oct 2018) click here.
Free. Booking required.
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Tehching Hsieh 謝德慶 (b. 1950, Nan-Chou, Taiwan) lives and works in New York. Hsieh entered the United States illegally in 1974, receiving amnesty in 1988. From the late 1970s, Hsieh made five One Year Performances inside and outside his New York studio, works spanning long durations that make art and life simultaneous.  His Thirteen Year Plan (1986–1999), a self-imposed moratorium on exhibiting his work in public in retreat from the art world, set a tone of sustained invisibility. Since the completion of the performance in 1999, Hsieh has exhibited his work internationally including in North and South America, Asia and Europe. Hsieh lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery.

Adrian Heathfield is a British writer and curator. He has curated a number of performances and durational events across Europe over the last eighteen years, including the Live Culture events at Tate Modern, London (2003). He was curator of Tehching Hsieh: Doing Time, the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), curatorial adviser and attaché for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) and an artistic director with the collective freethought of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, Norway. He has worked with many artists and thinkers on critical and creative collaborations including film dialogues, performance-lectures, writing and workshop projects. He is the author of Out of Now, a 2012 monograph on the artist Tehching Hsieh (MIT Press), editor of Live: Art and Performance (2004, Tate) and co-editor of Perform, Repeat, Record. Live Art in History (2012, Intellect Books).  His essays have been translated into ten languages.


Yingmei Duan段英梅 is an artist who lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany and Beijing, China. In 1995 she participated in the influential performance To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain along with Zhang Huan and eight other artists, considered to be an influential moment in Chinese contemporary art.  Much of Yingmei’s performance art explores human instincts such as fear and desire, examining society and questioning its conventions and human behaviour.  Yingmei Duan has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, residencies, lectures and workshops. Her work has been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum, Netherlands (2005), La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2007), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany (2009), Guangzhou Live, China (2010), Lilith Performance Studio, Sweden (2011), Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2012), Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales (2013), He Xiangning Art Museum, China (2014), the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2014), Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, Russia (2015), Wiener Festwoch, Austria (2016) and Capsule Shanghai in China (2017).


Victor Wang 王宗孚 is an independent curator based in Shanghai and London. Recent exhibitions include XUZHEN Supermarket (2007/2017) and the group exhibition Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ, London; Katja Novitskova (2017) at the Cc Foundation & Art Centre, Shanghai; Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive (2017) at the Korean Cultural Centre, London; Jac Leirner: Borders Are Drawn By Hand (2016) at MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai; Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware (2016) at K11 Foundation Shanghai; and Ensemble sin órganos (2016) (with Blanca Victoria López) at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana. In 2015, Wang was appointed by the K11 Art Foundation as a curator (with Jo-ey Tang) of the travelling exhibition Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant (Shanghai Station), the first collaborative exhibition between Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and K11 Art Foundation. Wang has curated film programmes, performances, talks and exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. In 2014 Wang assisted the curatorial team of the Twelfth Havana Biennial (2015), and was Assistant Curator for the Vancouver Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012).

Wang is a contributor to artforum magazine, and has been a guest editor of LEAP magazine. In 2016 he was awarded the AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). He holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and is a graduate from the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course.


DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) is an independent, non-profit organisation for contemporary art. Since it was founded in 2007, DRAF has welcomed over 100,000 visitors to international programmes including exhibitions, commissions, performances and discussions. To date, DRAF has partnered with over 100 museums, institutions, and not for profit organisations and collaborated with over 1,000 artists.

In Autumn 2017, DRAF celebrated its 10th anniversary with exciting plans to significantly expand the programme beyond its London base.  In 2018, DRAF launched an ambitious UK-wide programme enabled by an endowment of funds raised from the sale of the exhibition space in Camden.

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