Vivian K. SHENG

Assistant Professor 助理教授
Internship Coordinator

Tel: 3917-2613
Office: Room 10.20, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

BA, Hunan University; MA Loughborough University; MA, PhD University of York

Vivian Sheng is a feminist art historian working on contemporary transnational art and visual culture. Her research investigates the intricate interrelation between women, domesticity and artistic practice in association with growing international travel and cross-cultural exchange, which significantly challenge any stable and absolute conception of home and place. Her current book project, Art, Women and Fantasies of ‘Homemaking’: Affective Domesticity, Embodied Habitation and Transcultural (Dis)identification, examines the practices of six women artists—Yin Xiuzhen, Fiona Tan, Mona Hatoum, Shen Yuan, Nikki S. Lee and On-Megumi Akiyoshi—from vastly different geopolitical backgrounds and working conditions, exploring the role of art in mediating issues of gender, place, identity and belonging. This research responds to the urgent need to reconsider women’s contributions to the constitution and representation of sociocultural and geopolitical realities within the international art world beyond Euro-American centres. It introduces new content and theoretical paradigms to the ongoing construction of a feminist history of art, challenging normative discourses of social advancement, global capitalism and international migration, which often push women aside.

Contemporary Chinese and transnational art, Feminism and women making art

Chinese Avant-Garde art and importance of women’s contributions

Selected Publications

Sheng, Vivian K. “Yin Xiuzhen’s Fluid Sites of Participation: A Communal Space of Communication and Antagonism.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 16, no. 5 (2017): 65-77.

Sheng, Vivian K. “Yin Xiuzhen’s fabric cavities: Fabricating ‘strange encounters.” Sculpture Journal 23, no. 3 (2014): 393-402.

Sheng, Vivian K. “‘Fabricating’ Social Conviviality: Yin Xiuzhen’s Transcultural (Dis) identification.” Paper presented at the 3rd Cultural Literacy in Europe Conference (CLE) Biennial Conference 2019: Cultural Literacy & Cosmopolitan Conviviality, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal, 9-11 May 2019.

Sheng, Vivian K. “Shen Yuan’s Speechless ‘Tongues’: Speaking out beyond language barriers.” Paper presented at the Association for Art History’s 44th Annual Conference, London, UK, 5-7 April 2018.

Sheng, Vivian K. “Yin Xiuzhen’s Fabrication of ‘Home’: A Legacy of Caring and Domestic Preservation.” Paper presented at the Art Association of Australia & New Zealand (AAANZ) Conference 2018: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art, Melbourne, Australia, 5-7 December 2018.

Current Courses

FINE2096 Contemporary art: 1960s to the present

FINE7008 Seminar in contemporary art

Past Courses

FINE2061 Contemporary Chinese art: 1980 to the present

FINE2100 Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Art

FINE2101 Installation and Participation

FINE3020 Women making art after 1960

FINE4009 Perspective in Contemporary Art


HKU Scholars Hub research page

Reaching beyond HKU
Vivian K. Sheng at Asia Society Hong Kong Center – Song of Spring: Pan Yu-Lin in Paris