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The Bishan Commune and the Practice of Socially Engaged Art in Rural China by Mai Corlin

Foredrag — Online talk and discussion based on Mai Corlin's book from 2020 about the Bishan Commune.


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Hosted by:
Asian Dynamics Initiative and ThinkChina



In recent years an increasing number of urban artists have turned towards the countryside in an attempt to revive rural areas perceived to be in a crisis. The vantage point of this book is the Bishan Commune. In 2011, artist, editor and filmmaker Ou Ning established the Bishan Commune in Bishan Village in Anhui Province; a utopian ideal of life based on anarchist Peter Kropotkin’s idea of mutual aid. The main questions of this book thus revolve around how an anarchist, utopian community unfolds to the backdrop of the political, social and historical landscape of rural China, or more directly: How do you start your own utopia in the Chinese countryside?

Ou Ning, artist, China
Hai Ren, University of Arizona
Frank Vigneron, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Stephanie Sipei Lu, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Zhou Yanhua, University of Arizona and Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
Mai Corlin, University of Copenhagen

Moderator: Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen