Juan Xu 庸现

Curator 策展人

Queer as Anti-Mainstream Aesthetics

09: 40-10: 00 CET 29/05/2021

In the past sixty years, the “glorious, correct, and great” Main Melody has dominated the Chinese culture. In the PRC, culture and art have been subordinated to politics. Since the 1980s, the Chinese society has become more liberal and open to international influences. The official cultural representation has long been occupied by the pleasant and peaceful imagery, whereas the tradition of “sweet and silly” Positive Energy is prioritized among the people, — namely: no diversity, no alternative, not to mention queer. Queer culture has emerged in Sinophone societies in recent years. It completely subverted the current mainstream political and aesthetic discourse. Queer culture came into view as the Other. It generates the effect of Verfremdung (alienation). It is focused on the relationship between identification and power. Besides, as part of the subculture, it conspired with the avant-gardism to form a series of contemporary conceptual revolutions against the Rationalism and social structures, which profoundly upset the canons of beauty.

Juan Xu was born in Chengdu. She studied in China and Germany and is currently based in Shanghai and Germany as an independent curator and art critic. She is one of the founders of the first Chinese feminist group “Bald Girls” and the “Performance Day Wiesbaden/Frankfurt,” which have received great attention in China and abroad in recent years. She is also Chairman of Sino-German Art and Cultural Exchange Association IO Cultural Network e V. lives and works in Germany and China.

酷儿——反主流审美

过去60年,“光荣、正确、伟大”的“主旋律”在中国文化中占统治地位。在国内,文化艺术为政治服务一直是唯一的政治正确。80年代以来,社会不断开放,文化艺术审美也慢慢融入一些国际元素。整体而言,官方文化仍是一派“歌舞升平”的气象,民间则保持“甜美傻“正能量的传统,——没有多元,没有另类,更谈何酷儿。

近年来酷儿文化涌现于华语社会。它彻底颠覆了当下主流政治与审美的话语。酷儿艺术以“他者“的身份出现,产生一种异化(Verfremdung)。酷儿审美关乎身份认同与权力关系,并作为亚文化的一部分与前卫合谋形成当代一系列反对现代理性、反对社会结构的思想革命,极大地颠覆了传统艺术审美体系。

庸现出生成都,毕业于德国图平根大学,是一名独立策展人和艺术批评人。庸现是中国女性主义艺术团体“秃头戈女”创始人之一,目前为德国威斯巴登/法兰克福行为艺术节艺术总监和德国艺术联网协会(I O Cultural Network e. V.)主席,游走在德国与中国之间。