Dr Wenny Teo
After over a century of imperialist subjugation, civil war and violent revolution, China is leading the charge towards a ‘new world order’ and has demonstrated some of the most remarkable examples of social and economic transformation in human history. China’s impact on the global economy can no longer be denied – but could it also change our fundamental ideas about art, politics and power?
This MA Special Option explores China’s global interactions from the early 20th century to the present day through the lens of art, visual culture and critical theory. This course also maps out a more complex and ambivalent picture of global exchange; challenging the conventional assumptions of a ‘unidirectional flow’ of ideas from the West to ‘the rest’ by interrogating dominant narratives of modernism and the ever shifting definitions of the contemporary.