29 July, 2021

Shanghai Diary

I felt as if I had just come out of a museum of experiments, incidents and accidents. Where have I been?

Shanghai Diary
When art is Shanghaied

China is in an art-stasy. It has been witnessing an avalanche of frenzied year-round celebrations of art festivals, expos, fairs, workshops, symposiums and related activities. The phenomenal upsurge is nothing less than baffling. Sample some of this: Art-021 Shanghai, Nanjing International Art Festival, Beijing Media Art Biennale, Shenzhen Animation Biennale, Land Art Installation Festival in Yangchenghu, Graduate Art Fair in Guangzhou, Hangzhou Triennial and Yinchuan Biennale, which was curated by this columnist this year. For an Image, Faster Than Light opened on September 9 and is on till December 18.

The drive from the Pudong International Airport was long but smooth. No. I am not going to extol the virtues of Chinese infrastructure that have been strong and fast in coming. What I’d rather talk about is how I was lucky enough to run into some artists and curators at the hotel. They had been working through day and...

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