Libreria Borges Institute of Contemporary Art
Libreria Borges, as its name suggests, is not technically an art gallery but an independent bookshop. Founded by Chen Tong in 1997, the shop combines bookselling with contemporary art activities, many of them aptly focused on text as art. In the words of artist and academic Chen, who has described the bookshop as a work of art in itself, the people behind Libreria Borges ‘use literary methods to do art, and artistic methods to do literature.’ Well-known artists such as Cao Fei and Yang Yong, both of whom work with video, among other media, have exhibited at Libreria Borges. Chen Tong’s love of video art eventually led him to co-found Video Bureau, a Guangdong/Beijing archive of video art that also stages regular exhibitions.