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PCA Talks Presents: Yining He

Yining He

Join us online for the next PCA Talks on November 7, 2023, with guest Yining HE. Yining is a curator, writer, and visual arts researcher based in the UK and China.

In curatorial practices, she specializes in uncovering contemporary visual arts practices and weaving them within a dual vision of politics and visual culture. She has curated more than 50 theme exhibitions for museums, art institutions, and photography festivals across Eurasia, including the 8th Singapore Photography Festival: Future Known as Unpredicted (Emerald Hill, Singapore, 2022), BredaPhoto 2020: China Imagined (Grote Kerk, Breda, the Netherlands, 2020), The Port and the Image (China Port Museum, Ningbo, China, 2022/2019/2017), The Abode of Anamnesis (OCAT Institute, Beijing, 2019), and the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennale: Troubled Intention Ahead (CAFAM, Beijing, China, 2018). She won the OCAT Institute’s inaugural “Research-based Curatorial Project” and the “Curator of the Year Award” Nomination Award of the 14th Award of Art China (AAC), among others.

Yining HE is also a writer and researcher in contemporary Chinese visual arts. Her paper has been published or forthcoming in the New Art Museum Studies (Vol.2, 2023), Photography and Culture (Vol 15, issue 3, 2022), Journal of Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Vol.42, 2021), Photographies (Vol.14-Issue 1, 2021), and OVER Journal (Vol.1, 2020). She has been published widely in Chinese and English, including peer review journals, book chapters, sole-edited books, and exhibition publications as in Routledge Companion to Photography, Representation, and Social Justice (Routledge, 2022), a series of exhibition publications of The Port and the Image (2022/2019/2017), The Abode of Anamnesis (China Nationality Culture Press, 2021), A World Histories of Women Photographers (Thames and Hudson, 2022 /Editions Textual, 2021), Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2018) and Photography in the British Classroom (China Nationality Culture Press, 2015), among others. Yining is the editor of Floating Island: Journal of Photography and Visual Culture (Est. 2016) and a member of the peer review panel of OVER Journal and Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

Yining has published hundreds of articles on art, photography, and visual culture magazines in China and Internationally, including FOAM Magazine, Aperture Photobook Review, IMA, ArtForum, Art World, and China Photography Magazine. Apart from writing, she also devoted herself to translating the history and theory of art and photography books into Chinese. It includes Art and Photography (David Campany ed.), Artists Who Make Books (Andrew Roth, Philip E.Aarons and Claire Lehmann ed.), Photography and Travel (by Graham Smith), Perspectives on Place (by J.A.P. Alexander), The Photobook: A History Volume II and III (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger ed.), among others.

Yining is a London College of Communication, University of the Arts London graduate. She is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA), Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media at Birmingham City University. Her doctoral research is centered on the decolonial turn of Chinese contemporary art in the post-2008s period, examining the links between decolonial art practices, the impacts of the Colonial Matrix of Power on Chinese histories, and current decolonial discourses. She is a visiting lecturer of “MA Contemporary Arts China” at the School of Art, Birmingham City University, and “MA Photography” at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. And she has been a guest lecturer across art universities in China and the UK, including SOAS University of London, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Xiamen University, Nanjing University, and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts over the years, to name a few.

Yining has also worked as a jury member for domestic/international photography and art awards, including the World Press Photo Contest 2023 (NL), OCAT “2022 Research-Based Curatorial Project” (China), 2022/2021 Jimei Arles Curatorial Award of Photography and Moving Image (China), 2021/2020 Photo Vague (Italy), 2019 A New Gaze (Switzerland), 2019 Reference Asia Awards (Korea), 2019 Youth Art 100 (China), Top 20 China Contemporary Photography (China), 2016 New Talent Award (China), FORMAT International Photography Festival Open Award (UK), and Three Shadows Photography Award (China).


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November 7, 2023 | 7 to 8pm (CET time)