- Alexandre Claude Ouairy
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- Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemporary Art Practices of Resistance in China, 2007-2018.
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Alexandre Ouairy is a doctoral researcher in the Department of History of Art and Archeology at SOAS. He is investigating Chinese contemporary art history, under the supervision of Professor Shane McCausland.
His research explores the transformation of contemporary art practices in response to Xi’s China by examining the interplay between artists, institutions, the market economy, and censorship. His interests lie in cultural and visual studies, critical theory, aesthetics and practices of the self in contemporary China.
Prior to SOAS, Alexandre had extensive experience in China, where he worked as an art history lecturer at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, artist, and creative director. Alexandre owns a National Diploma of Art (DNAP) and a National Higher Diploma of Plastic Expression (DNSEP) from École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Grenoble, France.
Staged on the foreground of Xi Jinping’s rise to power, this research investigates the transformation of contemporary art practices in China.
It argues that agencies at play developed critical perspectives and oblique forms of discontent in response to the political changes initiated in 2007 till 2018.
Examining the internal dynamics between artists, institutions, the market economy and censorship, this research draws a portrait of the strategies of resistance. Interpreting artworks from the period, it establishes differentiators within art practices in China and identifies their aesthetics and critical relevance in the global discourse about art.
It suggests that these new forms of subjectivities are radical strategies for artistic autonomy and creative freedom.