Hua International is a contemporary art gallery based in Berlin and Beijing. Founded by Hua Xiaochan in 2017, the gallery inspired by its founder’s years inside the Chinese punk community is non-hierarchical and instead driven by a collaborative ethos that includes a team of scholars, independent curators, and the arts management of her partner Klaus Dierkes. The cosmopolitan program is artist-led across its two spaces, with a special emphasis on complex cross-disciplinary, time-based, performative, and socially-engaged practices. The gallery has positioned itself at the epicenter of two vibrant art districts. In Berlin, it is located in a historic, pre-war building situated in Potsdamer Strasse; in Beijing, the gallery relocated to the acclaimed 798 Arts District in August 2020. The gallery focuses on developing long-term relationships with its represented artists and leverages its bi-location as a means to critically expand how their work can be presented and received in radically diverse cultural contexts. Hua’s vision is to stimulate a dialogue between the artist-centered communities in Beijing and Berlin, to break the boundaries between dominant and undervisble peripheral practices, with the purpose of closing the gap between center-and-periphery dynamics that no longer serve the pioneering and unique art practices emerging in these two art capitals. Hua International also hosts curatorial projects and artistic collaborations in order to pursue new avenues of production, discourse and promotion of contemporary art. In a time of tectonic shifts in the art world, flexibility, experimentation and collaboration are key components of the gallery’s model.
Hua Xiaochan, founder and director of Beijing and Berlin based Hua International, discusses navigating the gallery's different geographic contexts.
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