Artist Talk: My Beautiful Shanghai
Apr 8, 2018 Sunday 19:30 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
We are honored to invite Song Tao, the artist with four videos on view in “Walking on the Fade Out Lines”, and Shi Hantao, who acted in My Beautiful Zhangjiang, to have a dialogue with one of the curators of this exhibition Hsieh Feng-Rong. The conversation between the artist, the actor and the curator will lead us to behind-the-scene stories of the artwork as well as the practice of the artist. Through the discussion based on the artwork, we hope to discuss how our perspectives change when we view Shanghai as hometown or a place in which one lives, instead of as a “tourist resort” or an “economic miracle”.
Song Tao (Shanghai, China, 1979)
From the Last Century, 2006, video, 16:9, color, sound, 34'00''. Courtesy of Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection
The video shows three different episodes taking place in the urban space of Shanghai, which follows the lives of some youngsters of the same age as the artist. In all three cases, the actions do not have a specific meaning; the title itself refers to a remote time, amplifying the spectators' sense of estrangement. Song Tao, who has chosen Shanghai as his privileged object of observation, creates images that describe the urban experience, the life of the city and of its inhabitants, evoking the atmospheres and sensations of a flâneur in a 21st-century Asian metropolis.
My Beautiful Zhangjiang, 2006, video, 16:9, color, sound, 10'06''. Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery
In My Beautiful Zhangjiang, the main female character is a white-collar worker working in Zhangjiang High Technology Park. In her dreams, she is “moved” along by people over one brand new road after another. Zhangjiang High Technology Park was established in 1992; located in Pudong, it is acclaimed as China’s Silicon Valley. Those working in the area are generally considered as the “new tech elites” who seem to give an outward show of rosy vibrance. Yet reality is different: the dry-as-dust nine-to-five work and the isolated town far from the city center are miles apart from the promising prospects of the Technology Park.... Read More
Song Tao was born in Shanghai in 1979. He lives and works in Shanghai. He works primarily with video and photographs to depict ordinary reality, using his life, that of his friends, and their every day surroundings as the primary subject of his work. Creating images that tell about the urban experience, the life of the city and of its inhabitants, and evoking the atmospheres and sensations of a flâneur in an Asian 21st-century metropolis is the obsession of the artist, who has chosen Shanghai as his privileged object of observation. The artist looks for a reading key other than the value of presence, his own presence and that of others, in the Asian metropolis, trying to exorcise the fear that everything may merge into a flat, undifferentiated scenario.
Shi Hantao, The Chief Coordinator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale. He used to work at EPSON Image Space, Rockbund Art Museum, Chronus Art Center, Ray Art Center and Shanghai Project. He has curated and organized exhibitions and public programs in various art organizations during last two decades. His writing and translation work covers the fields of photography, contemporary art and institutional studies.
Hsieh Feng-Rong is the senior curator and founding staff member of Rockbund Art Museum; he joined Rockbund Art Museum in 2009 during its preparatory stage. He was the coordinator of the renovation process and implemented the institutional structure of the museum. He has been working with many internationally renowned artists, including Cai Guoqiang, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Huan, Michael Lin, Duan Jianyu, Hu Xiaoyuan, Xu Bing, Bharti Kher, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Bradford, Chen Zhen and Philippe Parreno. In 2013, he got involved in founding the first HUGO BOSS ASIA ART award and was also the project manager for the award. Recent exhibitions curated by Hsieh include: “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” (co-curated with Amy Cheng, 2016, Shanghai), "RAM HIGHLIGHT 2017: DISPLACE" (curatorial team, 2017, Shanghai), "Walking on the Fade out Lines"(co-curated with Larys Frogier, 2018, Shanghai), “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” (co-curated with Amy Cheng, 2018, Turin).
Free admission, reservation is required.