Dr Silvia FOK


Office: A510
Email: silvia.fok@polyu.edu.hk
Tel: 3400 3152
Fax: 2765 6774

Silvia Fok received her B.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in 1998, 2002 and 2008 respectively. Her primary research is contemporary Chinese art. She has taught courses of modern and contemporary art history in the Hong Kong Art School and participated in the Hong Kong Art Archive project (http://www.fa.hku.hk/hkaa/) as the project coordinator from 2002 to 2004. She worked as part-time Lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, HKU, and the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK in 2009 before joining the General Education Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in January 2010.


Sole-author Textbooks

  1. Art and Cultural Interactions. Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education, December 2014. (219 pages) (For the course GEC1C28 Contemporary Chinese & Western Art and Cultural Interactions)

Sole-author Books

  1. Life and Death: Art and the Body in Contemporary China. Bristol and Chicago: Intellect, 2013. (ISBN: 9781841506265) (218 pages)
    A book review by Carolyn M. Bloomer, The China Journal, No. 71, January 2014, pp. 264-266.
    A book review by Elizabeth Emrich, Asian Studies Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2014, pp. 311-312.

  2. Performance Art in China: Site and the Body (中國行為藝術:身體與場域). Taipei: Artist Publishing Co., May 2010 (台北:藝術家出版社,2010年5月). (160 pages) [in Chinese]

  3. The Stars Artists: Pioneers of Contemporary Chinese Art 1979-2000 (星星藝術家:中國當代藝術的先鋒 1979-2000). Taipei: Artist Publishing Co., July 2007 (台北:藝術家出版社,2007年7月). (223 pages) [in Chinese]

Book Chapter:

  1. “The Roles of International Art Fairs in Hong Kong in Facilitating the Production and Consumption of Contemporary Art in Asia: Art Hong Kong, Art Basel Hong Kong, and Art Central,” Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia, edited by Lorraine Lim and Hye-Kyung Lee. Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2019, 273-282.

  2. “The Reception of Xing Danwen’s Lens-based Art across Cultures.” In The Reception of Chinese Art across Cultures, edited by Michelle Ying Ling Huang. Bristol: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, July 2014, 255-277.
  1. “Art and Community Engagement: Chang-Jin Lee’s Comfort Women Wanted, 2007-2012.” Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, No. 48, Autumn/Winter 2016, 143-167. [in Chinese]

  2. “Tracing the Body Aesthetics in Contemporary Chinese Art: Hong Kong Sculptor Ho Siu Kee as a Case Study,” Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vol. 1, Issue 2-3 (September 2014), 157-176.

  3. “Self-representations in New Media.” In Elena Kolesova and Scott Wilson (Eds.) Cool New Asia: Asian Popular Culture in a Local Context. Paper presented at the international symposium Cool New Asia: Asian Popular Culture in a Local Context, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, 25-26 November 2011. Unitec ePress, 2012, 170-180.

  4. “Micro-narratives in Contemporary Chinese Art: A Case Study of Cao Fei’s Pearl River Delta Anti-Heroes.” Asian Studies Review, 35:4 (December 2011), 499-520.
    Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10357823.2011.628009

  5. “Stars (Xingxing) Painting Group, 1979-1983.” In Encyclopedia of Modern China, volume 4, edited by David Pong, Associate editors: Julia F. Andrews, Jean-Phillippe Beja, Flemming Christiansen, David Faure, Antonia Finnane. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2009, 489-491.

  6. “Interconnectedness of Performance Art Festivals Across and Beyond Asia.” Crossing Cultures: Conflicts, Migration and Convergence, The Proceedings of the 32nd International Congress in the History of Art. Edited by Jaynie Anderson. Victoria: The Miegunyah Press, 2009, 886-889.

  7. “The Development of the Stars (Xingxing) Artists, 1979-2000.” Huang Rui: The Stars’ Times 1977-1984. Beijing: Thinking Hands + Guanyi Contemporary Art Archive, 2008, 314-323.

  8. “Some Issues on Archiving Performance Art,” forum article, Web Proceedings for “Archiving the Contemporary: Documenting Asian Art Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow.” International Workshop organized by the Asia Art Archive, 18th-20th April 2005, published by Asia Art Archive, 8 January 2007, website: http://www.aaa.org.hk/onlineprojects/webproceeding/forum_2.html, accessed 17 January 2007.

  9. “Power of the Body: Voila and Yuen Jie at the 6th “Open” International Performance Art Festival (身體力量 -- 詮釋Voila和丸仔於第六屆“打開”國際行為藝術節的作品). White Text (白文本) No. 2, Hong Kong Arts Centre (June 2006): 83-98.

  10. “Li Shuang’s works: An Autobiographical Representation.” English Version published in Li Shuang’s Exhibition Catalogue, exhibition taking place in Geneva in 2002. Chinese Version namely, “Li Shuang zuopin: Zizhuanshi de chenxu 1980-2000” (李爽作品:自傳式的陳述 1980-2000), published in Cave Art Center in Taiwan, Homepage for Li Shuang: http://www.gallery.com.tw, accessed in September 2001, now removed.

  11. “Shao Fei zuopin de xushu shoufa.” (邵飛作品的敘事手法) (The Narrating Strategies in Shao Fei’s Works) Mingjia chuangzuo shenghuo congshu: Shao Fei (Master of Creation and Life Series: Shao Fei). Beijing: Renmin meishu chubanshe, 2001, 24-33. [in Chinese]

  12. “An Interview with Huang Rui.”  Demand for Artistic Freedom - Stars 20 Years. Tokyo: Tokyo Gallery, 2000, 104-107. [Original in English and Chinese, published in Japanese]

Conference presentations

  1. “Transcultrality in Hong Kong Artist Annie Wan’s Conceptual Ceramic Art,” The Art of Transculturality: New Frontiers in Postsocialist China’s Avant-garde, a workshop organized by the Department of Chinese Culture and Society, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of St. Gallen, 28-29 July 2016.

    Group photo, 29 July 2016, The Art of Transculturality: New Frontiers in Postsocialist China’s Avant-garde, a workshop organised by the Department of Chinese Culture and Society, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St Gallen, 28-29 July 2016.

  2. “Cao Fei’s Avatar Identities in China Tracy: i Mirror (2007) and Live the RMB City (2009),” 9th ICAS Conference in Adelaide, Australia, July 5-9, 2015.

  3. “Art and Community Engagement: Chang-Jin Lee’s Comfort Women Wanted, 2007-2012.” Citizenship Education Symposium, hosted by the General Education Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, at Nikko Hotel, Hong Kong, 8 April 2013.

  4. “Contesting Tradition: Self-representation of Fan Qihui in Qiu Jiongjiong’s Madame (2009-2010),” New York Conference on Asian Studies, State University of New York, 28-29 September 2012.

  5. “Self-representations in New Media,” East Asia Popular Culture Symposium,
    Cool New Asia: Asian Popular Culture in a Local Context, at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 25-26 November 2011.

  6. “Legacies of Socialism in Contemporary Chinese Art,” Association of Art Historians Conference 2011, for the session “Post-Socialist Prospects and Contemporary Communisms in Art History,” 31 March – 2 April 2011, at the University of Warwick, UK.

  7. “Micro-narratives in Contemporary Chinese Art,” College Art Association’s Annual Conference Open Session: Contemporary Chinese Art, 12 February 2010, Chicago, chaired by Prof Wu Hung. (The panel is composed of Wu Hung, Eugene Wang, James Elkins and Silvia Fok.)

  8. “Nudity as Self-fashioning in Chinese Performance Art,” Extra/Ordinary Dress Code: Costuming and Second Skin in Asia Conference, organized by the English Department of City University of Hong Kong, 9 December 2009.

  9. “Interconnectedness of Performance Art Festivals Across and Beyond Asia,” 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, for the session “Parallel Conversions: Asian Art Histories in the 20th and 21st Centuries,” chaired by Prof John Clark & Prof Toshiharu Omuka, at The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 15 January 2008.

  10. “Negotiation of Power in Chinese Performance Art,” York University Art History Symposium entitled “Performative Histories of Art; Perilous Conventions, Possible Disruptions,” at York University, Toronto, Canada, 9 March 2007.

Other Academic Activities:

  1. A Round Table Discussion on Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting with Prof. Zhao Yi, Dr. Silvia Fok and Dr. Vivian Ting, Dr. Sarah Ng as Moderator, at the Opening of “Silent Poetry: Chinese Contemporary Ink” Exhibition at The University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 10 February 2015.

  2. “Literature and Arts in the late 1970s in China,” Light Before Dawn Exhibition Lecture Series, Evening Presentation by Yan Li, Poet and Painter and discussion with Dr. Silvia Fok, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, at Asia Society, Hong Kong, 6 June 2013.

  3. Guest Speaker on Chinese Art and Culture for the Seminar, A Design Competition - "Idea for Promoting Chinese Culture for the Western Visitors", invited by the Mechanical Engineering Department, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 27 October 2011.

  4. Chair of the Public Lecture Series on Gender Studies 2011, CUHK, “Dialogue with Xing Danwen: Relationships between Photography, Reality and Human Existence”, 27 July 2011.

  5. Contemporary Chinese Art, Book Talk, Read & Red: Pillars of PolyU, 18 February, 2011.
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