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"Ha! That's not even an issue," bursts Feng Boyi when asked if he is satisfied with his success as one of Beijing's most prominent independent curators. "Nobody wants to curate shows, it's grueling work," he mumbles, tossing his ever-ringing cell phone from hand to hand.
Starting in the early 1990s, Feng Boyi joined Beijing's first wave of intrepid art visionaries as an independent curator - a true labor of love. Although it's been grueling work, he has persevered.
"My most successful show?" Feng asks, answering immediately: "It was in January of 1998, the show was titled Traces Of Existence. Everyone will tell you it's my best work..."
"A good curator puts the idea behind a show first - they should have a vision and understand the wave of the future," says Feng. "This is not just about putting a bunch of people together ... you must have a higher purpose." (By Lee Ambrozy)
Who's Feng Boyi
Freelance curator and Art critic; chief curator, between others, of the Exhibition Convergence at 798 art district. Born in Beijing in 1960, he graduated from the history department of Beijing University of Education in 1984. He is working as a writer and editor for an artists' newsletter published by the China Artists' Association. He has also been involved in exhibitions organized by the association and in many contemporary exhibitions. In Japan, he played an important role in the 4th Asian Art Show organized by the Fukuoka Art Museum and in a contemporary art exhibition in Saitama Modern Art Museum. He served as a commissioned researcher for the FAAM and sent a lot of up-dated information from China. He is one of the most up-and-coming art critics in the Chinese art world which embraces many talents.
(Source: That's Beijing / www.harriskondosphyris.com)