Second edition of Yinchuan Biennale will be curated by Italian curator Marco Scotini.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan has announced that Milan-based curator Marco Scotini will curate the second edition of the Yinchuan Biennale in 2018.
Yinchuan is the tiny capital city of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, a small province sandwiched between Inner Mongolia, Gansu and Shaanxi. While governed by the Hui people, around a third of the population is a Muslim Hui minority, believed to be descended from Arab merchants who came to China in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), established in 2015, is the first museum to open in China’s North West region.
According to Artistic Director of MOCA Yinchuan Suchen Hsieh, the decision to appoint Milan-based curator Marco Scotini is based on achieving the Yinchuan Biennale’s stated intentions of exploring the city of Yinchuan as a historical meeting place between cultures. In a press statement, Hsieh commented:
MOCA Yinchuan has been focusing both on the ecology issues and cultural crossroad between [the] East and West, therefore it is a great honor for us to appoint Marco Scotini as the curator of the Second Yinchuan Biennale, [due to] his extensive international experience in the curatorial field and his particular research on these specific topics.
Perhaps reflecting renewed interest in the region, in May 2016, Emirates airlines began scheduling regular direct flights between Yinchuan and Dubai. Marco Scotini has a varied portfolio of institutional exhibition projects (he has curated more than 200 solo exhibitions of artists from around the globe) as well as smaller scale research and editorial endeavours investigating the overlaps between politics and art, such as the bookzine No Order: Art in a Post-Fordist Society, published by Archive Books in Berlin and his ongoing video project Disobedience Archive.
As head of the Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department at NABA in Milan since 2004, Scotini also has a background in education and programming – experience that also caught the attention of the appointing board in relation to the biennial’s growing public programme.
The second edition of the Biennale, which will take place from June to September 2018, will be produced in collaboration with the International Artist Village of the River Origins, which is an artistic project in cooperation with artistic residencies.
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