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Art as Transport-Station of Trauma: Reading the Aesthetic Transformations of the February 28 Incident in Taiwan

A seminar discussion by Elsa Chen

Monday, April 30, 2007
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Royce 236
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Elsa Hsiang-chun Chen (PhD, University of Leeds) is an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow and Visiting Professor at UCLA, where she teaches in the Department of Art History and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Dr. Chen is an independent curator, contemporary art historian and art critic from Taiwan. She co-founded Taiwan Women Artists' Association and initiated the first International Women's Art Festival. Her exhibition project City of Swallows (2006) was recently awarded the highest young curator's prize by the National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan. Her recent publications include a chapter in The Margins of Becoming: Identity and Culture in Taiwan, Mark Harrison and Carsten Storm (eds.), (Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz, 2006); Faces of Memory: The Issue of Self in Art (Taipei: Sanmin, 2005); and Translating Dialogue: Journeys between Art and Social Contexts (Taipei: ArtCo, 2004).

The seminar will be based on the article "'Art as Transport-Station of Trauma': Reading the Aesthetic Transformations of the February 28 Incident in Taiwan."

Please email Laura Clennon at for a copy of the article.


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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