New issue of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (3.3) - out now!

Intellect is delighted to announce that the new issue of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (3.3) is now available.

This special edition of JCCA includes an Editorial by outgoing Principal Editor Paul Gladston and is Guest Edited with introduction by Bo Zheng and Sohl Lee.


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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Political ecology of art and architecture in Japan: 100 years ago and now

Authors: Eiko Honda

Page Start: 243


What does it mean to discuss ‘political ecology’ in art and architecture now in the East Asian context? Honda investigates this through the historiography of Japan, re-examined in the light of present-day practices of art and architecture. It will consider how alternative notions of ecology, art and architecture there became neglected about 100 years ago in the shadow of the society’s hurried western modernisation, and how their resurgence now may cast a new light on our contemporary crisis. Concurrently, it will provide a new theoretical reading of ‘socially engaged art’ that derives from buried intellectual currents of Japan, alternative to dominant Euro-American theories.


From Funan River to East Lake: Reflecting on environmental activism and public art in China

Authors: Huang Chen

Page Start: 315


This article makes a comparison between two environmental art projects: ‘Keepers of the Waters’ (1995), a public art festival aiming to raise public awareness about the pollution problems of the main river in Chengdu, and ‘Everyone’s East Lake’ (2010), a public call for art action in response to an incident of commercial development of an important lake in Wuhan. The early strategies and characteristics of environmental activism in China led to the success of the first art project, and the constrains were testified and confronted in the second project. This article will discuss the two projects in detail regarding their political stances, modes of participation and the use of artistic language. Chen suggests that an emerging ‘political engagement’ mode is more public and empowering than the ‘political innocence’ mode developed in the 1990s.


Naoya Hatakeyama and the photographic representation of post-tsunami landscapes in Japan

Authors: Marco Bohr

Page Start: 335


This article investigates the role that art photography of in relation to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. The article focuses on an ethical and moral debate that emerged amongst Japanese photographers who questioned how the disaster and its aftermath can be, or should, be represented in a photograph. At the forefront of this debate was the photographer Naoya Hatakeyama whose personal connection to the region turned him into a quasi spokesperson for his profession. Through a close reading of his photographic works, the article situates post-tsunami photography in relation to wider photographic trends in Japanese visual culture.


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