Lady of the iLab: Zandie Brockett
Founding Curator of Bactagon Projects, Editor-in-Chief of 八家BaJia, Member of The Collective Eye
I am a Beijing-based curator, writer, collaborator, and photographer from Los Angeles. I am also the founding curator of Bactagon Projects, a curatorial platform that supports cultural engagement in China through cross-disciplinary research projects, further serving to identify and (re)define alternative research methodologies, funding channels and content distribution pathways. At Bactagon Projects, I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the platform’s independent publication, 八家BaJia, and oversee A.M. Brainstorm, its monthly conversation series and live-recorded podcast. With a primary interest in developing user-driven cultural experiences that challenge conventional modes of engagement, I also spend time researching the sociological influences of culture and experiments with alternative structures for funding.
Along side these curatorial projects, I am a member of The Collective Eye, a meta-collective that looks at and challenges the ways in which collective practices are formed. I have written extensively on contemporary Chinese art, and have published both my written and translating work in several artist catalogs, periodicals such as LEAP, ArtForum China and Architectural Digest China. For the past two and a half years, I also managed all international projects of the renown Chinese painter, Liu Xiaodong. I hold a BA from Duke University, and an MA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
Location: Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Spheres of Innovation: Arts, Culture, Lifestyle