Professor of Chinese Art, Head of Research, Director of CCVA
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Jiang moved to England from Shanghai in 1998 to conduct his MA in Fine Art at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (now Birmingham City University). After obtaining his PhD in 2002, Jiang has continued his research on contemporary Chinese art and visual culture.
He set up CCVA in 2007, constructing a unique academic network with two leading art institutions in China, the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou. He has contributed to several books and publications, and from 2017 will be Principle Editor for the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.
Joshua develops and delivers the annual short course of research methods for doctoral studies as Visiting Professor at China Academy of Art, and has lectured at more than 30 art institutions across China.
Jiang’s research interests and expertise include Chinese art, visual culture, art education, and contemporary art and curatorial practice.
In 2016, he received funding for the international project Everyday Legend, which aims to better understand the decline in traditional Chinese arts and culture amid the country’s rapid economic growth. The project will consider how conventional design and hand-making skills can be best preserved for future generations, as well as the role contemporary artists in China can play to facilitate this.
2006—present - Visiting Professor, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
2008—present - Visiting Professor, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2004—2006 - Guest Professor, Institute of Art and Design, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China
2003—2005 - Guest Professor, Institute of Art and Design, University of Yunnan, Kunming, China
Jiang's research interests are in:
- Chinese contemporary art
- Visual culture
In the last fourteen years since his PhD, Jiang has published extensively in both English and Chinese through his research and established his unique curatorial experience in the area of Chinese contemporary art. He has returned to 2008 RAE and 2014 REF with 3*-4* outputs.
Jiang has supervised two PhD students to successful completion and is currently supervising two doctoral and one MPhil students.
Curatorial project, The Shadow Never Lies: international exhibition of contemporary art, the 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 29 April – 31 July 2016; Curatorial project, The Distant Unknown: exhibition of contemporary British Art, OCAT Museum, Shanghai, 4 June–31 August 2016; International conferenceorganization, Making the New World: the Arts of China’s Cultural Revolution, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, 11 and 12 November 2016; Peer-reviewed journal preparation, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect), 2017
2003 The Visual Legacy of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Contemporary Art, AHRC Small Grant in Creative and Performing Arts.
2006 Collective Identities in the People’s Republic of China, AHRC Small Grant in Creative and Performing Arts.
2011 ‘The Most Beautiful Book in China’, Jiang, Jiehong (ed.), Guanxi: A Collection of Letters with Twelve Artists, Shanghai: Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing Group.
2012 Co-editor, The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial: the Unseen (co-editing with Jonathan Watkins), Guangzhou: Guangdong Museum of Art.
2011 Editor, Guanxi: the Art of Conversations, Beijing: Xiyuan Publishing House, ISBN 9787515100975.
2011 Editor, Guanxi: A Collection of Letters with Twelve Artists, Shanghai: Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing Group, ISBN 9787545208511.
2010 Author, A Decade Long Exposure: Central Academy of Fine Arts and Contemporary Chinese Photography, Shanghai: Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing Group, ISBN 9787545207866.
2010 Author, Red: China’s Cultural Revolution, London: Jonathan Cape, Random House, ISBN 9780224087810.
2009 Author, The Tale of Angels: Contemporary Chinese Art, London: the Red Mansion Foundation, ISBN 9780954137342.
2008 Author, The Revolution Continues: New Art from China, London: the Saatchi Gallery and Jonathan Cape, Random House, ISBN 9780224084994.
2007 Author, Jingdian [Highlights in the Visual Landscape], Beijing: Capital Normal University Press, ISBN 978-7-81119-180-6.
2007 Editor, Burden or Legacy: From the Chinese Cultural Revolution to Contemporary Art, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, ISBN 97879622098695.
2016 Everyday Legend, November 2016 to February 2017, Minsheng Art Museum (Hongfang), Shanghai. Exhibition includes more than 20 contemporary Chinese artists.
2016 The Distant Unknown: Contemporary Art from Britain, 4 June to 31 August, OCAT Museum, Shanghai. Artists include Isaac JULIEN, Cornelia parker, Katie PATERSON, Susan PHILIPSZ and Ben RIVERS.
2016 The Shadow Never Lies: contemporary photography, film and video work (co-curating with Mark Nash), 29 April to 31 July, the 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai. Project includes 33 artists internationally.
2015 To Be Continued: Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Art (I), at Artemis Art Space, Shanghai, Today Art Museum, Beijing March to June
2014 Li Wei: Peace, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan.
2014 The Third Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM14): Harmonious Society, at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, ArtWork, the John Rylands Library, Manchester Cathedral, National Football Museum and Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, 26 September to 23 November. Project includes 36 artists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
2015 An Era without Memory: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation, London: Thames and Hudson. Hardback book, 192 pages, ISBN 9780500544433.
2015 Conformed Bodies, in Iwona Blazwick (ed.), Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, London: Prestel, pp. 261-4, ISBN 9783791365954.
2014 Gladston, Paul, Avant-Garde Art Groups in China, 1979-1989, Bristol: Intellect. Published in Visual Studies.
2014 Harmonious Society: Asia Triennial Manchester, Manchester: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. Paperback book, 176 pages, ISBN 9780957633230.
2015 The China Dream Reimagined: Contemporary Photography in China, in Claire Roberts and Yi Gu (eds.), Trans-Asia Photography Review: Composite Realities: the Art of Photographic Manipulation in Asia, Autumn, ISSN: 2158-2025.
Selected conference contributions
As Founding Director, Jiang has been responsible for convening and contributing to the CCVA Annual Conference since 2007, and please see the details at www.ccva.org.uk. In addition, his conference contributions include:
2011 Invited speaker, ‘From “Decorative Objects” to Monumental Screens: the Re- presentation of Chinese Painting Scrolls as A Private Medium in the Western Public Space’, at the International Conference: Re-engineering Shanshui, 4-6 November 2011, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London.
2009 Invited speaker, ‘A Confession on “Revolution Continues”’, at the First China Contemporary Art Forum, 26-29 May 2009, Beijing University, Beijing.
2008 Convenor and Chair, International Symposium: Contemporary Chinese Art at the Beginning of the 21st Century, 1 November 2008, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.
2008 Invited speaker, ‘The Rebellions: A Spirit of Contemporary Chinese Art’, at the Third International Conference on the Arts in Society, 28-31 July 2008, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham.
2008 Invited panel discussant, Panel Discussion, Creative China: Visual Culture, Architecture and Design, Fine Art, 6-7 June 2008, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
2008 Invited panel discussant, Contemporary Arts Panel: Curating Change: Urbanism, the Arts and Cultural Change in China, 7 February 2008, the British Museum, London.
2007 Invited speaker, ‘The Revolution Continues’, at the Association of Art Historians 33rd Annual Conference: CONTESTATIONS, Toward A New Age of Asian Art, 12-14 April 2007, University of Ulster, Belfast.
2005 Invited speaker, ‘The Art for People and the People for Art’, at the International Conference: On Mao’s Art, 23-25 May 2005, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou and Yan’an.
2004 Convenor and Keynote Speaker, International Symposium: The Visual Legacy of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Contemporary Art, 25 May 2004, School of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham.
2004 Invited speaker, ‘The Visual Culture of Chinese Pictorial Scroll’, at the International Conference: Cross Boundaries: On Chinese Paintings, 3-4 September 2004, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou.
2004 Invited speaker, ‘Red Suffusion: A Visual Phenomenon of the Chinese Cultural Revolution’, at the Symposium: On Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture, 6 February 2004, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London.
2003 Invited speaker, ‘The First Expedition: The 1935 International Chinese Art Exhibition in London’, at Shenzhen Ink Painting Forum: Chinese Art in the Global Context, 11-12 December 2003, Shenzhen Institute of Fine Art, Shenzhen.
Selected curatorial projects
2012 Curator (co-curating with Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery), The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial: the Unseen, the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, 28 September to 16 December 2012, including approximately 80 international artists.
2011 Curator, Guanxi I: Contemporary Chinese Art, contemporary art exhibition at the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, 15 April to 19 June 2011.
2011 Curator, Guanxi II: Contemporary Chinese Art, contemporary art exhibition at the Today Art Museum, Beijing, 9 to 25 October 2011.
2010 Curator, Beyond Memory: Contemporary Photography in China, contemporary photography exhibition at the Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 19 November to 10 December 2011.
2010 Curator, I Change Therefore I Am: Young Photographers from China, contemporary photography exhibition at Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 19 November to 10 December 2011.
2009 Curator, Huashan Project – Design Course: Shi Jinsong, contemporary art exhibition at the Star Space, Shanghai, 12 October to 27 November 2009.
2009 Curator, Salute in the Distance: Miao Xiaochun and David Burrows, contemporary art exhibition at the Star Space, Shanghai, 9 August to 8 October 2009.
2009 Curator, To Strangers: Teng Fei and Jack Cunningham, contemporary jewellery exhibition at the Star Space, Shanghai, 8 March to 24 April 2009.
2009 Curator, The Tale of Angels, contemporary art exhibition at the Red Mansion Foundation, London, 26 February to 24 April, 2009.
2008 Curator (co-curating with Pete James, Head of Photography, Birmingham Central Library), From Canton to Guangzhou: Photographs by Felice Beato and Xu Peiwu, photography exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 3 May to 10 August 2008.
2008 Academic Advisor, The Revolution Continues: New Art from China, at the Saatchi Gallery, London, 8 October 2008 to 18 January 2009.
2008 Curator, Beauty of the Lost, contemporary jewellery and visual art exhibition at the Star Space, Shanghai, 30 March to 30 May 2008.
2007 Curator, Sightseeing, contemporary art exhibition A-9 Space and at-Art 3 Space, Jiuchang Art Complex, Beijing, 17 November to 18 December 2007.
2007 Curator, View Beyond the Window, contemporary art exhibition of Birmingham New Generation Art Festival at St. Philips Chambers, Birmingham, 18 to 29 June 2007.
2007 Curator, Collective Identity, contemporary art touring exhibitions at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, 17 January to 1 April 2007; and Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 13 July to 2 September 2007.
2005 Curator, Collective Space, contemporary art exhibition at 1a Space, Hong Kong, 17 August to 9 September 2005.