Shoes with Butter: Women in Chinese Contemporary Art. A Lecture by curator Snejana Krasteva


From 24 November 2016




Garage Auditorium


Taking artist Yin Xiuzhen’s works as a starting point for her lecture, sinologist and curator of Yin’s project at Garage Snejana Krasteva will examine her practice in the context of two generations of female artists to emerge in China.

Ranging from Xiao Lu’s action from 1989 where she shot at a telephone booth as part of the controversial China Avant-Garde exhibition, to Cui Xiuwen’s continuous efforts of exploring female sexuality (and its abuse), these artists have done some of the most radical works. Krasteva will examine their idiosyncratic visual language within the context of their time by presenting them alongside a broader overview of the art scene in China during the two decades of the 1990s and 2000s.

Snejana Krasteva received her BA in Chinese studies from Nanjing University (2004). She moved to Beijing where she ran Beijing Tokyo Art Projects and curated exhibitions such as WAZA KUYA (2007); Is it OK to have fun in and art gallery? (2007); Japanimation (2006) and Techno-Orientalism (2005) as well as organized the first exhibition on Mono-ha artists in China called What is Mono-ha? (2007). From 2007, she worked at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing where she helped organize and deliver a variety of shows ranging from small solo showcases of young Chinese artists, to group exhibitions and major retrospectives such as Yan Pei-Ming’s Landscape of Childhood (2009).



Snejana Krasteva is a curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. From 2004 to 2007, she ran the Beijing Tokyo Art Projects gallery before joining Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (2007–2009). She then worked as a curator for Art on the Underground in London. Krasteva joined Garage in 2013, where she was responsible for large-scale commissions by Yin Xiuzhen (2016), Erik Bulatov, and Katharina Grosse (both 2015). She curated the exhibitions Urs Fischer: Small Axe  (2016), Grammar of Freedom: Five Lessons (2015), and The Other Side (2014) for Garage. She also co-organized, with staff of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the international seminar Who’s Afraid of Kandinsky? Exhibiting Kandinsky in the Twenty-First Century (2016). She is one of the leading curators on the Field Research program, a cross-disciplinary research body whose aim is to produce new material on a wide range of overlooked or underrepresented social and cultural phenomena in Russia.