Dr Thomas Berghuis is a Visiting Fellow at the CCAP. He is currently a Senior Project Curator at Casula Powerhouse – International Centre for Cultural Diversity, and the Postdoctoral Research Associate and primary Research Coordinator in the CCAP’s Linkage Project, Construction, Connection, Community: Measuring Asian Art’s Contribution to Contemporary Culture in Australia.
Dr Berghuis holds a PhD on Performance Art in China from the University of Sydney, following an MA in Chinese Studies at Leiden University (The Netherlands). During the past 10 years he has frequently traveled to China for his research, and from 2003 to 2004 he was a visiting scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He has curated a number of international expiations and performance events, including as Associate Curator for the 6th Sharjah International Biennale, U.A.E (2003), Curator for the 1st Dashanzi International Arts Festival at the 798 Factory in Beijing (2004), and Associate Curator for the 3rd Israel Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv (2006). His book, Performance Art in China, was published in 2006 with Timezone 8, Hong Kong. In recent years he has become actively involved with the contemporary art scene in Southeast Asia, with special attention to contemporary art from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Dr Berghuis’ expertise in the fields of Art History, Cultural Studies, Chinese and Southeast Asian art, culture, and political geography will be invaluable with respect to the CCAP’s current research focus on Asian art and culture.