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CCAA | Chinese Contemporary Art Award

05 May 2016, 03:16 PM
Chapters 5 › Unit 5: Create a journal entry: Development of the Unknown Artist View instructions Hide instructions

Create a journal entry: Development of the Unknown Artist

Journal

In the beginning of the CCAA, finding the Unknown Artist was one of its main aims. Explain the changes in the search for the Unknown Artist within the last 15 year and discuss possible outside factors which fueled this development.

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Finding unknown artists is not so easy as one might think...

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To find unknown artists, the CCAA first trusted in that artists would get to know about the prize and apply. Then they found out that even to fill out an application form can be difficult and sending one's work digitally even more. Therefore the CCAA began to have "nominators" - known curators, who can nominate artists they find excellent or interesting. Later the CCAA even opened an office in Beijing in order to be more visible and known in the mainland. As Mr. Sigg donated his collection to the M+ museum in Hong Kong, it became neccessary to open the application not only to chinese artists from the mainland but also to chinese artists outside the mainland. Still it is quite a mission to find the "one unknown artist" in a country such big as China, and additionally having to deal with the problem of traditional perception that when you are nominated but didn't win, you loose your face.

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