Olivier Krischer is deputy director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is an art historian interested in modern and contemporary China-Japan relations, and networks of art activism across East Asia.
Olivier completed his PhD at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, after which he has been a Visiting Fellow in the Institute for Modern History, at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. In Japan, Olivier was assistant professor in art history at the University of Tsukuba, and in Australia has lectured and supervised at the University of Sydney, UTS and ANU.
He is co-editor of the journal issue ‘Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present and Future’, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Art (Taylor & Francis, 2016), and the book Asia through Art and Anthropology (Bloomsbury, 2013). He has also worked as managing editor of the contemporary Asian art periodical ArtAsiaPacific in Hong Kong.
At the Australian National University Olivier also managed the CIW Gallery, curating exhibitions including “China and ANU: Scholars, Diplomats and Adventures” and “Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video” (co-curated with Kim Machan, Media Art Asia Pacific), supported by an Australia-China Council grant. He also established and co-programmed the Centre’s “Asia & Pacific Screens” film series (2013-2016).