• Preface


    COANTIVIRUS international online art exhibition call for artists and art lovers, from more than 50 countries, stay at home and abroad to record what they know, see, feel and think since COVID-19 occurs.

    We hope CAV could become a channel where the international art community would know more about the pandemic situation, authentic materials for art creation can be provided, and misunderstandings and anxieties can be relieved. We look forward to hearing about the most real thoughts and showing the truest state of people during the outbreak. We sincerely long to increase the possibility of communication and let the vital function of art, warming the soul, return. In the midst of common adversity, hope art can cross borders, truly touch the bottom of heart, convey love and help selves and others though we’re oceans apart.



    All in the era,
    The coronavirus brings much for us to narrate and contemplate.

    Tenant of ‘COANTIVIRUS’ is to collect and look upon independent thoughts in this unforgettable time from an objective and extensive perspective.

    What are we doing?

    Since the exhibition initiates,it’s unexpected that now the epidemic spread around the world. But it makes clearer our original intent: empathy.
    At first, to plan this exhibition is to make artworks records of communication between individuals and the world. In another word, our principle is not to discuss the participation of art in this epidemic, more importantly, to illustrate its functions of recording and empathizing.
    “We believe that ‘COANTIVIRUS’ could document this pandemic time and every individual in its times through art ——who brave coronavirus risks, or are self-quarantined at home; Who are left alone or keep working; who are anxious or indifferent. Tell the world that we are all still ‘alive’.”


    Nowadays, the globalization brings out repeatedly the commonality of culture. It depends on it that people think form the perspective of a common world, meanwhile view things from various aspects. There is no possibility, for art, to assign a common set of measurement or criteria. However, the real meaning of art lies with the resonance arising from being seen and heard, which is also its identity in this globalized and contemporary world —— as a public language.
    “We believe that the commonality of the modern world could be released by personalities of art, and then be connected and perceived finally for the empathy.”


    In design thinking theory, the fundamental and even most important element is empathy. Every individual forms an era. This exhibition wants to present not only the most glaring part during the war against coronavirus, but also parts which seem insignificant and hidden in the debris. We are exploring collective images of this era between personal records and collective memory.
    The precondition of empathy is personal perception. When the world is perceived from only one viewpoint, the existence of empathy will turn out to be the obstacle to the progress of civilization
    That would be much obvious in art field. When the art creators lose their subjective experience and stay in the superficial "seeing" level, the individuality of art will disappear and the commonality will collapse.
    “We believe that every individual can feel inside their hearts, concern on the links between the inner and outside worlds, and think from what they see rather than see what they can tell from others’ subconsciousness. ”


    What kind of role do art, human and culture plays respectively in the epidemic? Whether they are contributing or not?

    ‘COANTIVIRUS’ Online Exhibition is not only an exhibition, but also a humanitarian museum. The value of art is based on what the future generation feels and contemplates the connection between the artwork and the environment it presents at its times,
    rather than on the judgment made by people who live at its times. Hence, this exhibition aims at not judging, but collecting human-oriented derivatives from this human-centred circumstance.
    “We believe that art could be full-filled with humanistic thinking: at this time, to think of me and you, us and them, even whether the ray of sunshine still shines at the corner of streets.”

    According to factors shown above, ‘COANTIVIRUS’ is not only inaugurated for seeing the pandemic, but also for more public to be aware of the communications between the world of this time, and ‘me’. Because every of us, like a fragment, is an integrative whole, and those fragments are elements of the real world.
    “We devote to reflect ourselves at present through the elements in ‘COANTIVIRUS’.”
    Hope what you want to express happens to coincide with what we intend to do.

    Wish you all the best in this pandemic, 
    —— From ‘COANTIVIRUS’ Exhibition Curation Team

    Leading Scholars

    Coantivirus Leading Scholar

    Lucie Camous, 59 Rivoli, France

    After a time at the Villa Arson(Fine Art of Nice) and studies in the History of Contemporary Art at the universities of Nice and Montpellier - for which she conducted research on the exhibition of Art Outsider and its critical reception.

    She completed her studies in 2016 at the Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts de Paris, in Cultural Project Organization. 

    Her approach is based on questioning norms, their borders and their sensitive issues. She is interested in practices that bring identities to the margins, whether they are social, territorial or gender-based, and that are anchored in the heart of the current socio-political context. It seeks to bring out the edges, the stifling standards and the strong emotions provoked by the desire for emancipation.

    Website of Lucie Camous : https://luciecamous.com/

    «Yes, it is possible in these times of confinement to get out. Get off the beaten track, get away from preconceived ideas and personal boundaries. There is only one door open to us, that of artistic creation and the connections it allows across borders.

    It all becomes a matter of sharing, because as the weeks go by and more and more citizens from all countries experience the isolation trapped in their intimate spaces, the need to reach out to others becomes all the more compelling.

    The Internet enters the scene, and through its windows other worlds appear to be explored, without moving, and as a matter of course here we are, gathered again. Waiting to see each other again. 》


    Coantivirus Leading Scholar

    Professor Dragan Ćalović, PhD, Faculty of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

    Dragan Ćalović (Belgrade, Serbia) was born in 1976. He is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts (LINK eduGroup) and at the Faculty of Philology (University of Belgrade). He teaches Contemporary Theories of Art, Theory of New Media, Spatial Theories and Islamic Art. He is also a Vice-Dean for international cooperation at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts.
    He was graduated from Faculty of Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine arts in 1998, and from Faculty of Philology with a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and culture in 2006. In 2005 he was graduated from University of Arts in Belgrade, Interdisciplinary studies with a Master’s degree in Theory of arts and media. Dragan Ćalović obtained his PhD in Science of arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade, in 2008. His main research interest remains in the field of contemporary art, digital art and new media.
    Dragan Ćalović is a member of the Croatian Philosophical Society since 2011, and the Aesthetic Society of Serbia since 2008..
    He has published 4 monographs and over 70 papers in scientific journals. Dragan Ćalović was participated in more than 150 workshops, international and national conferences and scientific meetings. He has experience in project management as well as in international academic work. He participates in two scientific projects, one national - sponsored by Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia, and other international – sponsored by Polish Agency for Academic Exchange. As a visual artist, Dragan Ćalović has participated in many national and international art exhibitions.

    Coantivirus Leading Scholar

    Zhou Kai, art critic and poet with a pseudonym: Tie Yan (Inkstone).

    Born in Anhui Province in1984.
    Currently, he is the council member and general secretary of the calligraphy and painting committee of China Talent Research as well as an editor of China Talents for Calligraphy and Paintings. His works are published on various professional magazines and newspapers.

    2005.04-2009.04 China National Publications Import and Export (Group)Corporation.Work on innovation, organization and editing of historical and cultural books.
    2009.05-2014.04   Culture and Tourism Weekly of the Western Development. Executive editor responsible for soliciting and revising essays.

    In 2014, he was assigned to the Calligraphy and Painting Committee of China Talent Research of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security as Executive Deputy General Secretary and the assistant for chairman. He is also the Chief Editor of China Talents for Calligraphy and Paintings.

    In July 2015, he held the concurrent post of vice President of China Law, Literature and Art Institute .

    In October 2015, Mr. Zhou served as the executive deputy general secretary of The Call for Love Fund of Shanhua Project.
    In February 2016, Zhou was appointed as director of China Talent Research and General Secretary of China Talents for Calligraphy and Paintings Committee.