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The Australian National University
Chen Shuxia

Ms Chen Shuxia

PhD Scholar

Master of Arts (Art History and Theory), the University of Sydney
Master of Studio Art (Honours), Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney
Bachelor of Business Management (First Class Honours), Huazhong Agricultural University, China

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Chen Shuxia is a PhD student at the Australian National University, researching on the Chinese photography groups as “amateur” cultural actors in the 1980s. 

As an artist and curator, her work was featured in the 2013 OZ-Asia Festival, Adelaide. Curated exhibitions include “Shen Jiawei: Brothers and Sisters” and “Make Yourself At Home” 2012, Sydney. 

Chen is also the fellow of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Curatorial Residency, Asia Art Archive, 2014-2015. She will develop an exhibition on the topic of "From Socialist Realism to Social Reality: April Photo Society, 1979-1989".

Other Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)

Research Interests

  • Modern Chinese visual culture
  • Contemporary Chinese art and photography
  • Chinese culture
  • Intellectual history
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Current Projects

  • "Amateur" photography groups in 1980s China
  • From Socialist Realism to Social Reality: April Photo Society, 1979-1989
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Selected Publications

‘Photography and persuasion: from Wu Yinxian’s photographs on female militia’, in on Wu Yinxian, Beijing: Renmin meishu chubanshe (forthcoming)

‘Shaping a photographic art image’, translation from Wu Yinxian’s book Methods on photographic art expression (Beijing: Beijing Film Press, 1961, pp.11-16), Trans Asia Photography Review, Vol. 4, Iss. 2, 2014

‘Wang Jianwei: the great politics of human interaction’, Realtime, Sydney, 2010

‘The 17th Biennale of Sydney’,, 2010

‘Edge of elsewhere’,, 2010
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