What is your first impression of this exhibition?
Ping: Excited and eager. Lilian Sear’s project is like a ‘semi-open essay’ for me, using her personal experience and work as a starting point to connect, expand and imagine, a fascinating process.
What was the most remarkable moment in the making of this exhibition?
Ellen: Witnessing the connections established across time; connecting past experiences and drawing on these to revive narratives that continue to pervade contemporary experiences and also to reflect on change. We spend so much time focusing on the future and growth, it is powerful to recall that foundations upon which we are expanding from and to remember that these layered experiences are all interconnected.
How do you feel working as a team?
Sunjie: It was a new experience for me, I found out it is really interesting that we can work together and became a team. There are also many things we need to to learn from each other.
What is the significance of being a woman, curating an all female exhibition?
Jingyan: I feel proud of being a female curator, at the same time, I feel really proud of all the women artists we have been researched about 100 years ago when female was thought to be housewifes instead of getting educated from school and beginning a career.
How do you define your identity as a curator ？
Niki: To be honest, I’m still figuring it out. I am personally very drawn to emotional experiences, and to highlighting the raw mundanity of our daily experiences. I believe that the small things are the big things, and am fascinated with collections that show us this aspect of life. I also enjoy visual storytelling, and think my identity as a curator is tied to using images to convey a narrative.
How do you establish a connection between you (the curator), the artist and the audience?
Jianing：The curator is the bridge of interaction and communication between the public and artist, linking the public and the artist’s art world. The curator should not only clarify the target audience group, but also have a deep insight of the artist’s story through interviews and dialogues. It is a curator’s obligation to convey the artist’s story and therefore, theory to the audience in depth, so that the audience can form their own artistic taste and conscious artistic behavior.
What are the challenges in curating an online exhibition？
Ziran:This is the first time for me to participate in the planning of an online exhibition, which is a new experience for me. I also realized that the difficulty of online exhibition is not easier than offline exhibition, but there are some other uncontrollable factors. I hope I can learn from the experience of online exhibition in the future and experience more possibilities of exhibition arrangement.
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