Liu Ding is a Beijing-based artist and curator. His artistic and curatorial practice focuses on multiple viewpoints and modes of description, exploring a trajectory of discursive thoughts that connect the historical and the contemporary. His work seeks to broaden possibilities for a more manifold understanding in relation to the historical narrative of subjectivity within Chinese art. He has participated in international biennials such as: Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2015); Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane (2015); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2014); Prospect 3 New Orleans, New Orleans (2014); Taipei Biennial, Taipei (2012); Chinese Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); Media City Seoul, Seoul (2008); and Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou (2005).
His work has been shown at numerous major art institutions including: Tate Modern, London (2012, 2013); Turner Contemporary, Kent, Arnolfini, Bristol (2008); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2007); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2007); São Paulo Muse¬um of Art, São Paulo (2008); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2011); Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern (2016); PasquArt, Biel (2008); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2006); Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2006); Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco (2006); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2012, 2016); 4A, Sydney (2017); Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai (2006); Times Museum, Guangzhou (2011, 2012); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2012); Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); Red Brick Museum, Beijing (2016); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (2015); Guandu Museum of Art, Taipei (2016); and MoMA PS1, New York (2015).
He co-curated Little Movements: Self-Practice in Contemporary Art at OCAT, Shenzhen (2011), which travelled to Museion in Bolzano, Italy (2013) and Asia Cultural Complex, Gwangju, (2015). Other curatorial projects include: Fine Art Practices from 1972 to 1982 in Profile – A Beijing Perspective, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing (2017); New Measurement Group and Qian Weikang, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2015); From the Issue of Art to the Issue of Position: Echoes of Socialist Realism, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2014); and We Have Never Participated, Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Shenzhen (2012).
His writing and editorial works include: Little Movements: Self-Practice in Contemporary Art (Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2011); Little Movements II: Self-Practice in Contemporary Art (Cologne: Walther König, 2013); Accidental Message: Art Is Not A System, Not A World (Guangzhou: Lingnan Art Publishing House, 2012); Individual Experience: Conversations and Narratives of Contemporary Art Practice in China from 1989 to 2000 (Guangzhou: Lingnan Art Publishing House, 2013); and Reef: A Prequel (Maastricht: Bonnerfantenmuseum, 2016).