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Hang Li is the current Asymmetry Curatorial Writing Fellow at Chisenhale Gallery and will deliver an ambitious text-based project in Autumn 2021
Hang Li, our current Curatorial Writing Fellow at Chisenhale Gallery introduces us to her practice, discussing her key areas of interest and how the curatorial has shaped her research.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK IN THIS FIELD?
I was trained as an architect for six years before starting my curatorial study in 2017. For me, curating means permission – it allows me spaces for exploring critical theories and creative practices as part of my career. It also provides me with chances to work closely and open-endedly with artists and scholars in areas such as digital technology, social justice and creative communal practice.
HOW DO YOU CONDUCT YOUR RESEARCH?
The pandemic has pushed me to adjust my research method. I'm integrating diagrams, mappings and some methods used in digital ethnography into my PhD study. Making desktop screenshots becomes how I experiment with visual materials in improvised, unexpected and fun ways.
HOW WILL THE ASYMMETRY CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP SHAPE YOUR PRACTICE?
I'm excited to situate my practice-led PhD research in Chisenhale and Asymmetry's specific conditions - their values, visions, communities, and the staff's knowledge, backgrounds and practical experiences. The project outcome and the professional development support I receive from Chisenhale will become a significant basis for my future research and practice.
Hang Li (b. 1990) is a researcher, curator and designer based in London and Beijing. Her focus is on the curatorial at the intersection of art and technology drawing upon ideas including collective working, feminist epistemologies, and organisational approaches to social justice. Her practice-based PhD explores the epistemological and practical tools that lie outside the conventional frameworks and institutional norms. It seeks to enable curating-in-formation to tell better stories and act for shared concerns about technologies at translocal scales.
Hang will deliver her ambitious project outcome in October 2021.