Sophia Hao


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Sophia Y. Hao is a curator and writer with a focus on challenging and innovative practices and critical discourse in contemporary art and visual culture.

After obtaining her MA in Visual Culture with distinction in 2005 (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art & Design), Hao worked as a freelance artist, curator and project manager in Manchester and London.

Between 2007 and 2010, Hao was the Curatorial Research Fellow and Exhibitions &Events Officer at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.

In the summer of 2010, Hao was appointed Curator of Exhibitions and Visual Research Centre at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. She has led an experimental and cross-disciplinary curatorial programme that consists of commissions, exhibitions, off-site projects, artists’ and writers’ residencies and publications.

Notable curatorial projects include NOTES on a return (2009); a re-contextualisation of Performance Art in 1980s Britain that revoked the objectified condition of contemporary art in art history and its institutions, A Cut A Scratch A Score (2011); a process led project expanded from and around a week-long performance by Bruce McLean, that sought a critical position on the production, reproduction and circulation of knowledge, Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland (2014); a discursive survey that interrogated the legitimization of grassroots characteristic of artists’ collaboration against the backdrop of the social and political conditions since 1989 and an ongoing national and international touring forum Hubs and Fictions: A Touring Forum on Current Art and Imported Remoteness .

Hao’s current curatorial research is focused on:

  • The proposition of artists’ collaboration as a de-materialized studio and as an Event;
  • The Para-curatorial as a mode of investigating and challenging ideas of public, context and critical discourse through discursive, participatory and process led strategies.

As a writer, Hao has published books, articles, catalogue essays, novels and poetry internationally. Her books include A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE (2014) and NOTES on a return(2010). Her new book Hubs and Fictions: on Current Art and Imported remoteness (Co-edited with Edgar Schmitz) will be published by Sternberg Press in 2015.

Hao is the founder and Editor of the art journal &labels.

Hao was awarded the Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowship 2014/15.