SHI Hantao (MA 2008)

Arts Administration and Policy

SHI Hantao


SHI Hantao is the Chief Coordinator of the 2018 Shanghai Biennale. Previous positions include Director and team leader at Shanghai Project, Ray Art Center, Rockbund Art Museum, Chronus Art Center, and EPSON Image Space. His curatorial projects include numerous exhibitions and public programs in the fields of photography, contemporary art, and visual cultural studies, including: Absent Minded (Lianzhou Photo Fest, 2005), Discomforting Anxieties (456 Art Space, New York, 2008), Welcome to the Birdhead’s World (Lianzhou Photo Fest, 2010), Trace II (Dali Photo Fest, 2011), Commemorating Shanghai 1980s (Lanzhou Contemporary Image Center, 2012; Shanghai Liuhaisu Art Museum, 2013), Follow Me (OCAT Shanghai, 2017), Commemorating Shanghai 1990s (Shanghai Liuhaisu Art Museum, 2017).

Hantao's publications include Body-Gender-Photography, Photography as a Multi-dimensional Field (editor and contributor, both were published by Shanghai Culture Publishing House, 2017); his writing and translation work have been published extensively in anthologies and magazines, including Photo-Society-Space, Shanghai-Image-City, Chinese Photography, China Photo Press, Book Town, Art China, and Art World.

In 2002, he founded the Origin Gallery, which was one of the first Chinese galleries dedicated to photography, and he was named the “Curator of the Year” in 2005 at the Lianzhou International Photo Festival. Hantao received his Master degree in Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008.

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