ACC-Starr Foundation Fellow (2018)
Zhu Jinglun is an active young curator who studied engineering in digital media technology at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. Today, Zhu is an MA candidate at the Center of Curatorial Studies, Bard College in New York. ACC's fellowship enabled Zhu to complete her curatorial studies during her final year in New York. Last month, during the final stages of preparing her thesis exhibition, Zhu expressed her gratitude to ACC and shares with us her fruitful experience as a curatorial student at Bard:
"I am grateful for the opportunity to have been supported by Asia Cultural Council (ACC), a community that gives me a sense of belonging while studying in the U.S. as a Chinese graduate student. I was greeted warmly by both the New York and Hong Kong ACC offices at the very beginning of receiving my award. Thanks to the gatherings and programs organized by ACC, I have been connected to curators, artists, scholars and other cultural practitioners from different parts of Asia. The vast network of ACC continues to offering me enormous support for pursuing my professional goal in the curatorial field.
As a second-year graduate student at the Center for Curatorial Studies, at Bard College (CCS Bard), I have the privilege to access to various academic resources in contemporary art and receive professional training as a curator. Following the program curriculum, I have engaged in artwork collection research at Hessel Museum, exhibition making, and art book publication, as well as public programming. I am very lucky to be surrounded by peers from different cultural backgrounds with their unique working experiences; they have inspired me to share ideas about curation and build up professional relationships in the global art world. I just finished working on my thesis exhibition “In this world, we" under the guidance and support from the faculties and curatorial team at CCS Bard, which is currently on view at Hessel Museum of Art until May 26th. My exhibition explores forms of visual representation of Chinese rural migrant workers who are largely excluded from political and cultural domains. By bringing artworks by Chinese artists to New York, I aim to forge cultural exchange between China and the U.S.
It has been a rich and rewarding journey to study in the United States. Having the privilege to engage in cultural production and receive liberal arts education in New York, I have the opportunity to examine and critique the differences between China and the U.S. regarding the art market, the educational structure, as well as the political system. It is a great honor to be able to participate in conversations about art and culture in this international platform, which would not have been possible without ACC's generous help and support.
- Zhu Jinglun, May 2019