Born in Shanghai. Lives and works in Shanghai. Graduated with a MA in Fine Arts from Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in 2011.
Chao is an independent curator and researcher. Her current research and curating interests are cross-disciplinary art practices and rituals as methods in East Asia contemporary art creations.
Recent exhibitions and activities
2021 On-going research exhibition project: "Rituals in Rituals of the Future, Round 2: Cow Bell" yuz museum, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai
2019 "The Ship of Theseus,” Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
2019 "Faux Art History, Road Test, Hiking Test, Internet of Things," SNAP, School of Visual Arts (Shanghai platform)
2018 On-going research exhibition project: “Rituals in Rituals of the Future, Round 1," Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai
2021 "Under Construction: A history of Shanghai Art Institutions,2008-2016," Published by China Art Times Limited, Hong Kong
Recent Awards and Grants
2022 Residencies and research trips supported by Pro Helvetia, Zurich
2019 "CIMAM 2019 Annual Conference" granted by Byucksan Foundation, Sydney
2019 Research Fellow Program "ACRI" in Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
Since 2018, she has developed a curatorial method using "ritual" as a framework for collective creation in the field of interdisciplinary knowledge. In response to the nature of Asian institutions, she came to discover that “ritual” is a constructive way to organize the fragmented knowledge structure and conscious action of contemporary people. It can connect an interdisciplinary and interpersonal ecology that transcends the conventional definitions of the so-called art world. In addition, she tried to outline and intellectualize her practices in the form of publicized writings and visual productions.
"Rituals in Rituals of the Future, Round 2: Cow Bell" 2021 Co-organized with GAO Jie (Artist), SONG Tao (Artist), YU Ji (Artist), ZHAO Zhiliang (Artist) Supported by yuz museum, Shanghai Himalayas Museum , am art space, etc. Photo by Chao Jiaxing
"Rituals in Rituals of the Future, Round 1", within the exhibition "Re-sculpt" Thomas Hirschhorn 2018, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai Co-organized with Gao Jié (artist), Yuichiro Tamura (artist), and Yu Ji (artist) Supported by Japan Foundation and Ming Contemporary Art Museum Photo by Chao Jiaxing
Under Construction: A history of Shanghai Art Institutions,2008-2016 2021, ISBN: 978-988-14173-7-4 Text and Image/A Bookstore by Telos Books
Research trip The Ship of Theseus 2019. Funded by Asia Culture Center(ACC), South Korea Photo by Chao Jiaxing
Faux Art History, Road Test, Hiking Test, Internet of Things 2019, SNAP, School of Visual Arts (Shanghai platform) Photo by Chao Jiaxing