Congratulations to Cultural Mediations doctoral student Xiaofan Wu who, together with co-members of the Shanghai-based Grey Matter research group, was awarded a Sigg Fellowship-for Chinese art research!

Awarded by Hong Kong’s M+ Global Museum of Visual Art Culture, the fellowship “supports new research on Chinese art in dialogue with the M+ Collections.”

The fellowship will support Grey Matter’s 22-23 Undercurrent research project, focused on “outlining a feminist narrative of Chinese conceptual art from the late 1970s to mid-1990s … to present a richer and more diverse picture of China’s development of contemporary art. ”  More details on Undercurrent: A Feminist Retelling of Conceptual Practices of Women Artists in Contemporary China can be found here.

Xiaofan Wu is a first-year Ph.D. student in ICSLAC’s Cultural Mediations program and a member of Dr. Birgit Hopfener’s Ruth and Mark Phillips Professorship research team. Her own research focuses on contemporary Chinese art, with a special interest in video, performance, new media, and exhibition history. Xiaofan has interned at various art institutions in China and in the US, including UCCA Edge (Shanghai), Eli Klein Gallery (New York), Long Museum (Shanghai), and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai). Read here to find out more about Xiofan’s research and doctoral profile.

Created in 2022 in Shanghai, Grey Matter is a research group founded by Yun Qiu, Xiaofan Wu, and Luqi Lin, with a research focus on the conceptual practices of Chinese female artists in the last three decades of the 20th century.