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Research Outcomes

We will upload pdfs and links on this page as they become available. We include media coverage of the exhibition, and magazine works by Li and Peterson – both research associates on the project. We also refer to articles and talks that have been inspired by our conversations and observations whilst researching contemporary  issues of memory. We cannot usually supply published pdfs for reasons of copyright.

Donald SH. Tang Wei: Sex, the City, and the Scapegoat in Lust, Caution’, Theory, Culture and Society, Vol 27:4, 2010: 46-68.


‘China’s Propaganda History on Display’. Drum Media, 10 Aug 2010,  (accessed 10 Aug).

‘China and Revolution: History, Parody and Memory in Contemporary Art’. Australian New Express Daily 2010,  (accessed Date).

‘Revolutionary’. The Brag, Aug 9 2010,

‘China Films’. Central Sydney, Aug 4 2010.

‘Chinese Documentaries’. Inner West Courier, Aug 5 2010.

‘Open Gallery’. Sydney Morning Herald, Sep 11 2010.

‘China and Revolution’. Central Sydney, Sep 29 2010.

‘China and Revolution: History, Parody and Memory’. The Week, Oct 1 2010.

Deborah Cameron, ABC Radio – Interview with Shen Jiawei (Melbourne, 2011), radio interview.

Bridget Cormack. ‘Come the Revolution’. Australian, Aug 16 2010.

Jun-Woo Do, ‘China and Revolution’, (accessed Nov 26, 2010).

John McDonald. ‘Misunderstood Child of the Revolution’. Sydney Morning Herald, Nov 13-14 2010).

Steve Meacham. ‘Gallery Explores Mao’s Art of Chaos’. Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 16 2010.

Mingyue. ‘Interview with Prof. Li Gongming’. Australian New Express Daily, Aug 21 2010, 18-20.

Leicia Petersen. ‘Present Schools Are Slaughter House 现在的学校就是刑场’. Southern Metropolis Weekly, May 15 2009, 64-6,,64.shtml (accessed May 15).

Leicia Petersen. ‘The ‘Les Miserables’ of Yan Peiming 严培明的“悲惨世界”’. Southern Metropolis Weekly June 19 2009, 76-8,,76.shtml (accessed June 19).

Leicia Petersen. ‘Unit Aesthetics Is Not a Kind of Performance Art  单位美学不是一种行为艺术’. Top Floor – The evaluation of contemporary art, Dec 2010 2010, 26-9,  (accessed Dec 2010).

Leicia Petersen. ‘Interview of Shen Jiawei – Show Respect for the History in Shen Jiawei’s Way’. Top Floor – The evaluation of contemporary art, Jan 2011 2011, 22 – 6,  (accessed Jan 2011).


Presentations and papers:

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Monumental Memories: Xu Weixin and Chinese Historical Figures 1966-1976’ (paper presented at  University of Sydney, Apr 2009).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Monumental Memories: A Discussion of Xu Weixin and His Pedagogic Art’ (paper presented at  Joseph Regelstein Library, University of Chicago, 19 May 2009).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Public Spaces: Branding, Civility and Cinema in Twenty-First Century China’ (paper presented at  National University of Singapore, 16 Sep 2009).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘City, Affect and Adjacent Modernities in Beijing’ (paper presented at  University of Leeds, 7 Oct 2009).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Affect in Beijing’ (paper presented at  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 14 Oct 2009).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Public Spaces? Branding, Civility and the Cinema in 21st Century China’ (paper presented at  University of Westminster, 16 October 2009).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Consuming the Revolution: Humour, Friendship and the Shaming of Politics in the Work of Liu Dahong’ (paper presented at the The Third International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, The University of South Australia, Adelaide, 6-8 Apr 2010, 2010).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Missing Histories in Film and Art: The Lost Opportunities of Wound Filmmaking in the 1980s’ Mixed Cinema Network’ (paper presented at  University of Leeds, 7 May 2010).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Missing Histories: Ou Yang, Xie Jin and Liu Dahong’, in Missing Histories/ Other Stories: Reflections from the Jiu Year in China, eds. Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Tina Schilbach, and Ivan Cucco (Forthcoming).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Monumental Memories’, (under review)

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, ‘Liu Dahong: Shame, Childhood, and Political Art’, (submitted).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Harriet Evans, and Jiawei Shen, ‘Biography of a Painting: New Perspectives on the Motherland’ (in preparation).

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Leicia Petersen, I Cannot Escape …  (2009)

Harriet Evans, ‘A Lens on Loss of a Neighbourhood: A Photographer’s Record of the Transformation of ‘Old Beijing’ (paper presented at the Uncertain Futures: Planning, Temporality and Globalisation, University of Edinburgh, 21-22 Mar 2009).

Harriet Evans, ‘Communicative Bonds? Changing Experiences and Expectations of the Mother-Daughter Relationship in Urban China’ (paper presented at the International Conference on Gender Studies, Fudan University and Michigan University, Shanghai, 26-29 Jun 2009 ).

Harriet Evans, ‘Missing Records: An Oral History of Everyday Life in ‘Old Beijing’ (paper presented at the 2009 CSAA Conference:Jiu: Commemoration and Celebration in the Chinese-speaking World, University of Sydney, 9-11 Jul 2009).

Harriet Evans, ‘Of Dreams and Dangers: Painters and Poster Art of the Cultural Revolution’ (paper presented at the Red Legacy in China, 2010 Annual Conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), University of Southern California, 31 Mar 2010).

Harriet Evans, ‘Red Revelations:  Women in Posters of the Mao Era’ (paper presented at the Red Legacy in China conference, Harvard University, 2-3 Apr 2010).


Gongming Li, ‘Look Upon Arts from a Free Viewpoint 以自由看待艺术’, Contemporary Artists 当代美术家, no. 1 (2008).

Gongming Li. ‘Film and Be Filmed: Political Narrative and Moral Sense 摄与被摄:政治叙事与道德感’. Southern Metropolis Daily, May 11 2008,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li. ‘Arts under Whistle for Historical Memory and Conscience 历史记忆与良知召唤下的艺术’. Southern Metropolis Daily, Jul 26 2008,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li, ‘Political Narrative and Issue Awareness in Contemporary Chinese Arts History Writing 当代中国艺术史写作的政治叙事与问题意识’, Today Fine Arts 今日美术, no. 3 (2008).

Gongming Li. ‘Chinese Characters in French Left Wing Culture 法国左翼文化的中国化’. Southern Metropolis Daily, Aug 31 2008,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li, ‘Contemporary Social Responsibilities of Arts 论艺术在当代的社会责任’, Critics, no. 1 (2008).

Gongming Li, ‘Brief Discussion on Arts Criticism and Historical Writing in 30 Years of Reform and Opening up 改革开放30年艺术批评与艺术史写作略谈’, in Annual Article Collection of Chinese Fine Arts Critics 2008 2008年中国美术批评家年度批评文集, ed. Wang Lin (He Bei Fine Art Publishing House, 2008).

Gongming Li. ‘Construction of Battlefield Photography and Chinese Revolutionary Discourse 战地摄影与中国革命话语的建构’. New Express Daily, Nov 21 2008,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li. ‘From March to Game: Some Key Words among Chinese Artistic Waves in Three Decades 从游行到游戏:三十年中国艺术浪潮中的几个关键词’. The Beijing News, Nov 27 2008,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li. ‘Calm Thoughts on Painters’ ‘Centennial Memorial’ 画家“百年纪念热”的冷思考’. Time weekly, Dec 8 2008,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li, ‘Contemporary Artistic Media in Developing China – Strategy of Communication and Judgement of Value 发展中的中国当代艺术媒体—— 传播策略与价值批判’, Critics, no. 2 (2008).

Gongming Li, ‘Historical Reflection and Ideological Emancipation of Guangdong Fine Arts Creation in Early Stage of Reform and Opening up 改革开放初期广东美术创作中的历史反思与思想解放’, in Second Academic Nomination Exhibition of Guangdong Art Gallery – Reform and Opening up in Eyes of Artists 第二届广东画院学术提名展:图画中的历史”——美术家眼中的改革开放,  (Ling Nan Fine Arts Publishing House, 2008).

Gongming Li. ‘The Preexistence of Historical Paintings 历史画创作的前世今生’. Time Weekly, Mar 9 2009,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li. ‘A Scar on Human Body: Those Images from S-21 as Evidence and Memory 人类躯体上的一块伤疤:S—21里那些作为证据与记忆的影像’. Southern Metropolis Daily, Mar 14 2009,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li. ‘ Private Memory and New Historical Studies 私人记忆与新史学研究’. Southern Metropolis Daily, Mar 15 2009,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li, ‘As an Artistic Creation of Historical Narrative and Major Themes – Zhejiang Fine Arts Creation on Major Themes 作为一种历史叙事和重大题材叙事的艺术创作—— 浙江重大题材美术创作简谈’, in The Thickness of Gaze: Literature Collections of Zhejiang Fine Arts Creations on Major Historical and Cultural Themes 凝视的厚度:浙江历史文化重大题材美术创作文献集, ed. Kunming Huang (Zhejiang People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, 2009).

Gongming Li. ‘Photography…As Witness and Surveillance 作为见证与监控的……摄影’. Oriental Morning Post, Jul 12 2009,

Gongming Li. ”Memory’ against ‘Oblivion’ 以“记忆”抵抗“遗忘”’. New weekly, Aug 1 2009,  (accessed Aug 1).

Gongming Li. ‘Arts: A Way to Fight against ‘Oblivion’ with ‘Memory’ 艺术:以“记忆”抵抗“遗忘”的方式’. Gallery 2009.

Gongming Li. ‘Release Images from Hypocrisy 让影像从伪善中获得自由’. Time weekly, Aug 24 2009.

Gongming Li. ‘Contemporary Arts Ought to Cry out Social Issues 当代艺术应喊出社会的疼痛’. The Beijing News, Oct 17 2009.

Gongming Li. ‘Memory Degradation and a Repeat of History 记忆的沉沦与……历史的重演’. Oriental Morning Post, Dec 27 2009.

Gongming Li, ‘Discuss Li Keran’s Contribution on New Chinese Painting Reform – Focus on Landscape Sketch and ‘Red Landscape’ 论李可染对于新中国画改造的贡献——以山水写生和“红色山水”为中心’, Fine Arts Observation, no. 1 (2009).

Gongming Li, ‘Linguistic Transform and Cultural Vision of Returned Artists “海归”艺术家的语境转换与文化视界’, Chinese Arts, no. 1 (2009): 3.

Gongming Li. ‘Artistic Production and Management: A Social Responsibility in Question 艺术生产与管理:亟须追问的社会责任’. The Beijing News, Apr 25 2009).

Gongming Li. ‘Arts and Politics……to Surrender or to Exile’. Oriental Morning Post, Jun 14 2009.

Gongming Li, ‘Arts and Radical Aesthetics under Dictatorial System – Focus on French Left Wing Fine Arts in 19th Century 专制社会下的艺术与激进美学—— 以19世纪法国左翼美术为中心’, Shanghai Culture, no. Oct (2009).

Gongming Li, ‘Iconographic Analysis on ‘Class’ and ‘Resentment’ – Focus on Landlord and Farmer Topic in Fine Arts of Mao’s Era “阶级”与“怨恨”的图像学分析—— 以毛时代美术中的地主—农民题材为中心’ (paper presented at the symposium of humanity and social science higher research institute in Taiwan University, Taipei, 2 Nov 2009, 2009).

Gongming Li, ‘Issues of Power and Rights in Building Public Culture 公共文化建设中的权力与权利问题’, Public Arts, no. 2 (2010).

Gongming Li, ‘Public Political Vision in Contemporary Arts: Artistic Organizations, Artists and the Public 当代艺术的公共政治视界:艺术机构、艺术家及公众’, Today Fine Arts 今日美术, no. 2 (2010).

Gongming Li. ‘New Mural in Countryside: Arts from Bottom to Top “农村新壁画”:自下而上的艺术’. Southern Metropolis Daily, Jun 25 2010,  (accessed Date).

Gongming Li, ‘Brief Discussion on Arts Criticism and Historical Writing in 30 Years of Reform and Opening up (Outline) 改革开放三十年艺术批评与艺术史写作略谈(提纲)’, Grand Arts, no. 13 (2010).

Gongming Li, ‘The Pathway to Arts and Politics in Civil Society – Relationships between Contemporary Art Galleries, Artists and the Public from Public Political View of Point 通向公民社会的艺术与政治之途—— 从公共政治的角度研究当代艺术馆与艺术家及公众的关系’, Arts space, no. 1 (2010).

Gongming Li, ‘The Politics of Peasants’ Images and Narration of Modernity – a Study of Chinese Posters since 1949′, in Book The Politics of Peasants’ Images and Narration of Modernity – a Study of Chinese Posters since 1949, ed.^eds. Editor (City: University of Technology Sydney, To be completed).