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Ada Xiaoyu Hao


Ada is a Chinese performance artist and independent curator.

Through the mediums of performance, sound and text, she explores strategies to signify cultural resistance, social ignorance and pedagogy of obedience from/towards narratives and communities within the Asian Diaspora.

For her curatorial practice, she works with performance artists in order to explore what performance art is, the use of performance in fine art practice, and the historical influence and signification of live art in post-modern and contemporary society. In 2014 she founded ‘PAPRIKA’ which is a not for profit artist community.

Ada was part of the Stuart Hall Library Research Network programme, ‘Duties of Self Care’ (2018). She presented a performative lecture, ‘The Mask of Sanity’, bringing together themes of bodily trauma, othering, technologies and her experience as a diasporic student. She was also interviewed about ‘The Mask of Sanity’ for Iniva’s blog.

Her works have been shown at Frieze Art Week, Chalton Gallery, London (2019); Raven Row, London (2019); Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2019); the Asylum Chapel, London, (2018); Testbed 1, London, (2018); Enclave Lab, London, (2018); Revolve Performance Art Festival, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, (2017); Hundred Years Gallery, London, (2017); Tierp Konsthall/Bibliotek, Sweden, (2017). 

She studied BA Performance Arts and Culture at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, (2012-2016), MA, Performance, Contemporary Art Practice, Royal College of Art, London (2016-2018), practice-based Ph.D. Performance, School of Arts and Communication, University of Brighton, (2018-2021).

She lives and works in London.

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