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Petra Poelzl
Petra Poelzl is a freelance curator, dramaturge, and researcher based in Berlin, Germany. Poelzl studied Sinology, Chinese language, and theatre studies in Vienna, Beijing, and Berlin. She received her master\'s degree at Freie Universität Berlin. Further, she attended the postgraduate program Art Criticism and Curatorial Knowledge in the Department of Art History at Ruhr University Bochum. Her Ph.D. research at the Free University in Berlin centred on performative art practices after the post-shock art boom in Mainland China. Poelzl was a dramaturge in the program department of steirischer herbst Festival for New Art in Graz (2014–16). Since 2016, she has been working closely with the artist Chen Tianzhuo on his stage performances. She is part of the Berlin-based curatorial collaboration Karma Ltd. Extended and works as a dramaturge for several choreographers and directors. For her research on performance art practices in Chengdu during the 1990s, Poelzl received a grant from the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong as well as the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Her texts have been published in the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, as well as in several exhibition catalogues and magazines. She has been involved in numerous projects focusing on contemporary Chinese art, including Zhou Bin: Nothing to Say, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu (2016); Up-On Performance Art Festival (2016 and 2017), Chengdu, as well as the two theatre productions Ishvara (2016) and An Atypical Brain Damage (2017) by Chen Tianzhuo.
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