Cao Fei Utopia


Artspace is pleased to anounce the publication of the Cao Fei Utopia catalogue. Contemporary discussion on China is saturated with superlatives that attempt to reflect the dramatic shifts that have taken place within the lifetime of artist Cao Fei, (born in 1978) from collective idealism to a more individualistic consumption-centred society. As a native of Guangzhou, one of the first cities to feel the effects of globalisation, Cao Fei continues to occupy a unique position with regard to generation and geography.

Old enough to retain some vestigial memory of earlier times and of the clashes between traditional and capitalist materialism, yet also young enough to naturally gravitate towards new technologies and means of communication, she is concerned with transitional ideologies and media. Her work responds to China’s rapid urbanization and the giddying pace of social and economic development. She depicts states of transformation within a youth culture heavily influenced by Japanese manga and anime and played out against an ever-expanding cityscape.


Edited by Evie Franzidis
Texts by Justin Clemins and Harold Grieves
Published on the occaision of the exhibition Cao Fei: Utopia, a joint project by the Institute of Modern Art and Artspace, curated by Emma Bugden and Robert Leonard, by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
ISBN 978-1-875792-66-5


Soft cover, 170 x 220 mm
12 colour images
12 pages


enquire about this publication