Xinran Guo

Xinran Guo’s research lies at the intersection of contemporary art and Chinese art history. Her dissertation “Afterimages of Socialism: Chinese Contemporary Art 2000–2010” focuses on how artists reframed representations of workers by mobilizing objects, production method, and political ideals of socialist realism. She is particularly interested in how these artworks at once enacted socialist concerns of inequality and revealed the lack of critical consensus in forming pertinent sociopolitical stances. Her next project makes the case of Yangliuqing New Year Prints as evincing the shifting distribution of artistic labor in the Chinese creative industry. She examines how, to cope with emerging cultural and market expectations in the post-revolutionary period, craftsmen moved away from anonymous brigades and turned to business discursively framed by family traditions.