After My First Breakfast

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Después de un piccolo desayuno, con cero descanso, tenía que ir a ver el CAFA! Me reuní con el director del Departamento de Comunicación Visual de CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Art) quien ha curado y organizado la exhibición. Andaba corriendo de un lado a otro con mucho estrés pre-exhibición y evento. La exhibición no será inaugurada hasta el 27 pero espero tener acceso tras bambalinas antes de esa fecha. El catálogo está en la imprenta.

Él me asignó un par de voluntarias para mostrarme el Distrito de Arte de Beijing 798 en el Chaoyang District, a donde el arte contemporáneo se encuentra con la cultura china, supuestamente. Estoy tan decepcionada con la censura que mis expectativas no eran muy altas. Y así fue. De alguna forma sentí el arte un poco hueco a excepción de algunos trabajos originales (ver fotografías). Es la censura o mucha influencia occidental?

Hablando de censura, este blog no está siendo actualizado por Frida–tuve que recurrir a terceros i.e. mi esposo para actualizar, con un retraso de 14 horas desde Centroamérica, ya que el Partido Comunista Chino (CCP) ha bloqueado (aunque lo niega) Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Hotmail y todo lo que sean redes sociales en internet.

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After a little breakfast, with no rest or sleep, I had to go and see CAFA! I met-up with the China Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) Director of the Visual Communication Department who has organised and is putting-up the exhibition. He was running around like a mad man with a lot of pre-exhibition and event stress. The exhibition won’t be inaugurated until the 27th but I hope to get a sneak preview before then. The catalogue is being printed as we speak.

He assigned a couple of volunteers to show me 798 Art District which is were supposedly contemporary art meets chinese culture. I am so disappointed by the censorship that my expectations weren’t high. And so it was. Some of the art felt shallow somehow with the exception of some original works (see below). Is it censorship or too much western influence?

Speaking of which, this blog is not being up-dated by Frida, sorry, I had to resource to a third-party i.e. my husband to up-date–with a 14-hour Central America time delay, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has blocked (they deny it) Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Hotmail, and everything that spells social networking.

Cute children in their physical education class at Huajiad Experimental Primary School being filmed by a national TV network.  With over 60 nationalised channels keeping up with fresh content seems to be an issue.  Wonder what they mean by experimental?

Cute children in their physical education class at Huajiad Experimental Primary School being filmed by a national TV network. With over 60 nationalised channels keeping up with fresh content seems to be an issue. Wonder what they mean by experimental?

Beijing Typography exhibition under construction with the help of CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) volunteers.

Beijing Typography exhibition under construction with the help of CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) volunteers.

CAFA Museum side entrance.

CAFA Museum side entrance.

Beautiful information desk iron-cast sign.

Beautiful information desk iron-cast sign.

CAFA Museum main entrance.

CAFA Museum main entrance.

Icograda World Design Congress at CAFA Museum.

Icograda World Design Congress at CAFA Museum.

Random wall.

Random wall.

Me!

Me!

Contemporary art at 798 Art District.

Contemporary art at 798 Art District.

Contemporary chinese art at 798 Art District.

Contemporary chinese art at 798 Art District.

Contemporary photography at 798 Art District.

Contemporary photography at 798 Art District.

With my volunteer-guides.

With my volunteer-guides.

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