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Sophia Y. Hao is Curator of Cooper Gallery (Exhibitions & Visual Research Centre) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, where she leads an internationally recognised programme that has positioned Cooper Gallery DJCAD as a distinctive platform in Scotland for its radical curatorial research, international approach and focus on critical inquiries in contemporary art and culture. Appropriating a rhizomatic approach, Hao positions the role of the curatorial as a mode of critical inquiry that engages with culture and the political as an open question.
Notable projects include NOTES on a return (2009); a re-contextualisation of performance art in 1980s’ Britain, A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE (2011) with Bruce McLean, Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland (2014), CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland (2015 – ); a four-phase exhibition and event programme in collaboration with curators and organisations in China and Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? (2016/2017) that evokes the political ethos of feminism to reveal the urgency of alternative politics in culture and society.
Hao is co-curator (with Edgar Schmitz ) of the international touring forum Hubs and Fictions and the founder and editor of &labels. Her books include Hubs and Fictions: On Current Art and Imported Remoteness (co-edited with Edgar Schmitz 2016), A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE (2015) and NOTES on a return (2010).
Hao was awarded the Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowship 2014/2015. She was a Panel Member of Margaret Tait Award 2016/17 and is currently a Panel Member of Dundee Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards 2016/17.