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PARALLEL REALITIES:
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRANSLATION STUDIES AND
CURATING CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ART
Abstract: This article explores how recent trends in translation studies have aligned the discipline closer to the practise of curating contemporary Chinese art in the UK. The idea of ‘translation’ within the field of visual art is two-fold. ‘Translation’ can be used as a broad term to describe the practise of communicating meaning; and the presentation of art also utilises various forms of written text, which in the case of Chinese contemporary art may be a translation from the original Chinese text or spoken word. This article will incorporate both definitions of translation, referring to the theories of Susan Basnett, André Lefevere and Panagiotis Sakellariou regarding translation studies; Richard E Nisbett regarding worldviews; and Christopher Whitehead and Paul O’Neill regarding the interpretation and curation of contemporary art. In addition, it will draw on interviews with five cultural producers involved in the production, curation and critique of Chinese contemporary art. Based on these sources, it will propose some tactics that could help to preserve the Chinese artist’s ‘voice’ when their work is presented outside of the PRC.
About the Author: Linda Pittwood is an exhibition coordinator and art writer based in Liverpool, UK. In 2012 she won the inaugural John Moores Critics Award, jointly presented by Shanghai University, Liverpool John Moores University and the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She contributes to several publications and websites, including the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Art World magazine, Shanghai and corridor8.co.uk, writing about both Chinese and British contemporary art. She was based at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool from 2009 to 2015 and worked with a network of UK partners to realize projects involving modern and contemporary international artists including David Hockney, Enrico David, Bridget Riley and Becky Beasley. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
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