Liu Mankun

MPhil Student
Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University

Liu Mankun is a practitioner, writer and translator of contemporary art based in Hong Kong and Shanghai. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, first class honor, and worked as an editor at LEAP magazine upon graduation.

Her works examine the collective memories and national psyches embedded in mundane images. She sees art making and writing as ways to witness and intervene in the evolving mechanisms of contemporary society. Her articles can be found on multiple online publications of contemporary art.

Liu Mankun’s research looks into displaced groups in the PRC, their personal or family histories, and how migration experiences shape the mentalities of these groups as well as the national psyche of contemporary China. Her current Mphil project will include case studies of village-in-the-city and self-initiated cultural and art movements of migration workers while using images and texts as representational and narrative tools.