First solo show in China

Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation is pleased to announce that the Foundation is the organiser of the Artist’s first solo exhibition in Mainland China. The solo show will be held in the premises of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, the only art centre in China entirely devoted to showing and promoting practices of contemporary video art and photography. Kozyra’s body of work will be presented in a very particular manner, according to the social and cultural specificity of the local context. The point of departure selected by the curators will be an exploration of the performative character of Kozyra's artistic oeuvre offering a semantic and aesthetic view which is rather different from both the traditional approach towards the body typical of Chinese art, and the practice of performance art implemented within Chinese contemporary art circles. The emphasis on the staging aspect of Kozyra's pieces is aimed at fostering the dialogue concerning what in art is allowed, and what isn’t; what is appropriate and what is improper; and whether the same forms of expression are equally available to men and women.  

 July 16 - September 10, 2016 

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing 

Curators: Manuela Lietti, Anna Walewska, Chen Shen 


Manuela Lietti is an independent art critic and curator specialized in contemporary Asian art. In 2003, she graduated from the department of Oriental Languages and Civilizations at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, having written her bachelors’ thesis on contemporary Chinese artist Yang Shaobin. After her graduation, she moved to Beijing where in 2007, she obtained her master’s degree in Chinese History of Art and Art Criticism from the Academy of Art and Design of Tsinghua University. Since 2003, Manuela has been active as a curator, critic, and coordinator in the field of gallery and museum exhibitions as well as public art projects, in China and abroad. She has worked with various institutions, included: Venice Biennale (Venice), The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Carrara Sculpture Biennale (Carrara), The Chinese Ministry of Culture (Beijing). She is a correspondent for the art magazine Arte e Critica- Art and Criticism and regularly contributes to a number of other art publications included Artron,Frieze and Flash Art. She is a regular lecturer in Chinese contemporary art for the Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius. 

Anna Walewska in 2012 graduated from the Art History department at the University of Warsaw. Her research interests include mainly contemporary art and film history as well as women's issues. During her studies she completed the internship at the Institute of Industrial Design (Warsaw 2008) and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art (Warsaw 2010). From 2008 to 2010 she worked at the Department of Education of the National Museum in Warsaw. Since 2010 she has been working with Katarzyna Kozyra, initially as her personal assistant. Her professional experience includes work as an editor (for Rochstar Sp. z o.o., and Agora S.A., among others) and business manager. Anna is curator and producer of artistic and film projects. Director of the Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation, which she has been creating from its outset.

Chen Shen, who was born and raised in China, holds an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan; an M.Sc. in New Media from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; and a B.A. in International Politics from Peking University, Beijing. Chen Shen is currently the curator of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre for which he curated and organised numerous exhibitions included “The 7th Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition” (2015), “The 2nd Three Shadows Experimental Image Open Exhibition” (2015), “On Methods – Solo Exhibition by Candida Höfer” (2015), “Chinese Photography: Twentieth Century and Beyond” (2015), “Land Representation (Program of Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival)”(2015), “Scripts of the Bodies: From the Collection of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre” (2016), “The 8th Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition” (2016), “Kassel Fotobook Festival & Editions Bessard | Beijing” (2016), “Shanghai 2002 - Bettina Rheims & Serge Bramly” (2016), “Father and Son - Solo Exhibition by Grégoire Korganow.”

The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Partners: Caollo, Polish Embassy in China.