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Conferenza di Daria Berg: “Art under Lockdown: Artists, Bloggers and the China Nightmare in the Time of Covid-19”

Marzo 21 ore 17:0019:00

When Xi Jinping announced the ‘China Dream’ (Zhongguo meng)—in analogy to the famous American Dream—as socio-political motto of his rule in 2012, he defined the ambiguous concept as the ‘rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’. Over the course of his government, it has become clear that there is not only the one single China Dream propagated by the official media, but many dreams circulating in China’s vernacular cultures as opposed to the officially ordained culture of the Party State. Moreover Xi’s China Dream has become overshadowed by a series of nightmares: The Covid-19 pandemic; the Ukrainian leg of Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative in ruins; and prolonged internal lockdowns entailing public demonstrations demanding Xi’s resignation. Much scholarship and global media have examined the official China Dream, yet few studies have analysed China’s nightmares. This study seeks to redress this shortfall by analysing the nightmares of the Covid-19 pandemic and its lockdowns from the cultural perspective. This study examines bottom-up responses to top-down control measures through the artistic lens, focusing on online visual art narratives by male and female artists and bloggers in China and abroad: Cao Fei, Ye Funa, Hu Yinping, Michael Leung, Hu Jieming, Sun Xun and Ai Weiwei. This study will shed new light on China’s contemporary vernacular culture in the digital age and its visual art narratives on the theme of the China Dream and its nightmares, experimenting with direct and indirect strategies to critique the regime.

Professor Daria Berg, DPhil (Oxford), gained her doctorate in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford and is the Chair Professor (Ordinaria) of Chinese Culture and Society at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. She currently holds a short visiting fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. She has previously taught at the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Nottingham, UK. She has published extensively on Chinese literature, visual art and culture and she has won international prizes for her research, including the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) 2015 Specialist Publication Accolade for her monograph Women and the Literary World in Early Modern China, 15801700 (2013) and, with Giorgio Strafella, the China Information Best Article Prize 2015. Her current research explores visual art, media, literature, and culture in traditional and contemporary China. Her latest book, co-edited with Giorgio Strafella, is China’s Avant-garde, 1978-2018 (2022).


Marzo 21
17:00 – 19:00


Contemporary Asia Research Centre (CARC) dell’Università degli Studi di Milano
Eurasia Foundation (from Asia)


Aula P4, Polo di Mediazione Linguistica e Culturale
Piazza Indro Montanelli 1
Sesto San Giovanni, 20099 Italia
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