In Conversation with Karen Smith, Director OCAT, Xi'an and Dryden Goodwin

On occasion of the site-specific commission ‘Seeing Hand’ by Dryden Goodwin, an In Conversation took place on November 10th 2017 at the Shanghai residence of collectors and philanthropists, Jane and Dominque Lee between the artist and Karen Smith, Director, OCAT Xi’an.

Dryden Goodwin (b1971) is based in London and has shown widely in the UK and abroad including exhibitions at OCAT, Xi’an, Xian, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and The Photographers’ Gallery, London. He has also produced large scale public art projects, such as “Linear,” commissioned by Art on the Underground, and “Breathe,” commissioned by Invisible Dust. He is a Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.

Karen Smith is a curator and art critic specializing in contemporary art in China since 1979. She has written widely on the subject for numerous journals and exhibition catalogues, and is the author of numerous artist monographs. Her curatorial work includes numerous group and solo exhibitions for China's contemporary artists in China and abroad, such as “A Potent Force” at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2013), “Fat Art I: Music to my Eyes” at Today Art Museum, Beijing (2009), “Subtlety” at Platform China (2008), “The Real Thing” at Tate Liverpool, UK (2007) and “The Chinese: Photography and Video Art from China” at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2004), as well as solo exhibitions for Liu Xiaodong, Ai Weiwei and Xu Bing in the US and the UK. Karen joined the academic advisory board of OCAT Shenzhen in 2005, then appointed executive director of OCAT Xi' an in 2012 until 2019.