Binghui Huangfu

Binghui HuangfuBinghui Huangfu is Senior Visiting Fellow with the CCAP and a researcher for the Centre’s ARC project Construction, Connection and Community: Measuring Asian Art’s Contribution to Contemporary Culture. Trained as an artist, curator and theorist, Binghui is an industry leader and one of the world’s leading curators of contemporary Asian art. She has co-curated a number of major international exhibitions, including the Gwangju Biennale, Korea, in 2006. She has recently been appointed as a co-curator for the Polska Biennale 2008 in Poznan, Poland. From 2003–2006, Binghui was the Director of Asia Australia Art Centre/Gallery 4A, before which she worked as the Director/Curator of the Earl Lu Gallery (now called The Institute of Contemporary Art) at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore. Binghui is one the pioneers of contemporary Chinese art curating. Her exhibition In and Out (1997) brought together mainland and diasporic artwork, and travelled to 7 cities in Australia and 2 cities in China.

A consistent feature of Binghui’s curatorial research has been its focus on the cultural politics of diaspora. Text & Subtext (2000), which travelled to 7 countries, was a groundbreaking presentation of Asian women’s contemporary art from around the world, the catalogue from which continues to sell and be cited worldwide. In 2004 Binghui curated an ambitious multiphase exhibition (Asian Traffic), which travelled to six cities and three countries in Asia. This was followed up with Open Letter at 4A in 2005, which travelled to four South East Asian countries. Both these projects explore the possibility of transnational and intercultural dialogue through art. Binghui has also been convener/invited keynote speaker at numerous international conferences, and has published widely in art journals. Recently, she co-edited “China Phenomenon”, a special issue of the journal Artlink. Binghui is currently working as a freelance curator developing exhibitions promoting culture dialogues throughout the world.

Dr Thomas Berghuis

Dr Thomas BerghuisDr Thomas Berghuis is a Visiting Fellow at the CCAP. He is currently a Senior Project Curator at Casula Powerhouse – International Centre for Cultural Diversity, and the Postdoctoral Research Associate and primary Research Coordinator in the CCAP’s Linkage Project, Construction, Connection, Community: Measuring Asian Art’s Contribution to Contemporary Culture in Australia.

Dr Berghuis holds a PhD on Performance Art in China from the University of Sydney, following an MA in Chinese Studies at Leiden University (The Netherlands). During the past 10 years he has frequently traveled to China for his research, and from 2003 to 2004 he was a visiting scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He has curated a number of international expiations and performance events, including as Associate Curator for the 6th Sharjah International Biennale, U.A.E (2003), Curator for the 1st Dashanzi International Arts Festival at the 798 Factory in Beijing (2004), and Associate Curator for the 3rd Israel Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv (2006). His book, Performance Art in China, was published in 2006 with Timezone 8, Hong Kong. In recent years he has become actively involved with the contemporary art scene in Southeast Asia, with special attention to contemporary art from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Dr Berghuis’ expertise in the fields of Art History, Cultural Studies, Chinese and Southeast Asian art, culture, and political geography will be invaluable with respect to the CCAP’s current research focus on Asian art and culture.