2020 | NYC | Curator
Courtesy of Julia Hartmann.
Julia Hartmann is an art historian and independent curator who specializes in transnational feminist and activist art, with a focus on China. Julia finished her studies in Art History and English Linguistics at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria in 2011, and was previously Curatorial Assistant at the Secession in Vienna and Assistant Curator at the 21er Haus/Belvedere. She is the co-founder of SALOON Vienna, an international network for women in the arts, where she is responsible for organizing talks, exhibitions, and networking events. Her curatorial work focuses on the intersection of social movements, digitization, and art, which she elaborates within the exhibition series Search for... initiated in 2016 with the first iteration Search for...Serendipity. The more you search the less you find. It will be continued in 2020 with the title Search for...Feminism at the VBKÖ in Vienna. Her latest exhibition celebrated 100 years of women's suffrage with the title Nothing Less!, which will be restaged at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London in October 2019.
Julia is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, working on the thesis Radical Characters: Transnational Positions in Female-led and Queer-feminist Movements in Contemporary Chinese Art. She has received a research grant from the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, where she participated in the symposium Exhibition-Making Practices in China and Southeast Asia in the 1990s and is currently conducting field research on topics such as art production and exhibition-making by progressive female protagonists from and within China. In 2020, she is conducting further research in the US in order to incorporate the experiences of Chinese and Chinese-American artists living and working abroad and if and how they were represented in past (all-female) group exhibitions.