Researcher

Dr Shuxia Chen

Fields of Research (FoR)

Art history, theory and criticism, Heritage, archive and museum studies, Visual cultures, Asian cultural studies

Biography

Shuxia is an art historian and curator. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney, and an MA in Studio Art (Honours) from Sydney College of the Arts. Her research concerns the relationship between visual art, society and politics in China, particularly the role of photography in forming new understandings of the transversal space between state and the...view more

Shuxia is an art historian and curator. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney, and an MA in Studio Art (Honours) from Sydney College of the Arts. Her research concerns the relationship between visual art, society and politics in China, particularly the role of photography in forming new understandings of the transversal space between state and the cultural-intellectual classes in the socialist and post-socialist era. She joins UNSW Art & Design with rich interdisciplinary knowledge between art history and theory, Chinese Studies and sociology, spanning research, publication and teaching, as well as significant industry experience in the GLAM sector. Shuxia is working on two book projects: A Home for Photography Learning: the Friday Salon, 1977-1980 (Shanghai, 2022), and Chinese Toggles: Culture in Miniature (Sydney, 2023). In addition to her 0.5 lecturer position here, she is also Curator, China Gallery, Chau Chak Wing Museum, the University of Sydney.


My Grants

  • Travelling Fellowship, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2020 (postponed)
  • China Professional Placement, Australia Council for the Arts, 2020
  • The Taiwan National Photographic Assets Curatorial Project Grant by Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, 2020
  • Publication grant, Gordon Darling Foundation, 2020
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2017
  • Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Curatorial Residency Programme 2014
  • Travel Grant, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, 2013
  • Community Grant for exhibition Make yourself at home, City of Sydney, 2012

My Qualifications

BBA (Hons) MVA (Hons) MA PhD 


My Research Activities

Current research projects include:

  • The "Grey Zone": Self-Organised Photography Groups in Beijing, 1977-1988
  • Amateur Photographic Practice and its Cultural Networks in Taiwan and Hong Kong, 1970s-1990s

My Teaching

SAHT9131

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Location

Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021