About

My name is Gu Jiangtao. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. My research focuses on the cultural politics of representation in modern and contemporary China. I am particularly interested in how subjective positions along identity registers such as class, gender, race, and sexuality, are shaped by artistic and media practices. My dissertation An Imminent Prospect: Photographing Modernity in Late Imperial and Early Republican China, 1856-1926 examines the role photography played in the formation of colonial modernity in China in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It received support from a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council and a Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. My second project Post-Colonial Remediations looks at how contemporary Hong Kong-based artists use new media technologies to create works that rearticulate the city’s tumorous histories under colonialism for the past two hundred years. During 2016-2018, I was an Andrew W. Fellow in Digital Humanities. My paper on the contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-qiang received the Graduate Student Paper Prize at the Association for Asian Studies conference in 2016. My works are published by the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect Ltd.) and the Trans Asia Photography Review (Michigan Publishing).