Advance through Retreat Panel discussions(Session Three)
May 11, 2014 Sunday 19:00 - 21:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
In recent years, exhibitions, academic activities and market events centering around Chinese traditional art (e.g. ink painting) have flooded the international and domestic art world, turning it into a trend. Most of these exhibitions and activities, however, have mainly focused on the value or effectiveness of the formalities, techniques, ideas and aesthetics of traditional art in contemporary contexts. Indeed, the responding strategies artists adopt when facing traditions—for example, "Advance through Retreat" as the main focus of this exhibition, and the profound significance of such strategies in history and the cultural environment—have not been thoroughly explored.
From this latter perspective, the contexts of the artists' individual practices, their cultural attitudes, cultivation and experiences, as well as the particular forms of art practice (e.g. writing) become the starting points to understand the dialogues with the traditions created by their work, and bring about wider implications beyond the boundaries of their own times and regions.
This seminar brings together some artists participating in this exhibition and sets out to discuss these issues in the three sessions below：
Session 1: Context and Strategy: The interactions between individual practices and historical contexts
Panelists: Zheng Guogu, Andreas Mayer-Brennenstuhl, Jiang Zhi
Time: 15:00 - 17:00 10th May... Read More
Martina Koeppel-Yang, curator of Advance through Retreat
Liu Yingjiu, deputy director of Rockbund Art Museum
Born in Hubei province in 1966 and graduated from the oil painting department in the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Wang Qingsong is a representative figure of conceptual photography in China and can be considered the master of photographic mis-en-scène. In his staged environments he uses traditional cultural symbols, as well as contemporary imagery. By grafting these cultural symbols together with a modernized social reality, the artist questions the current social condition of unstable cultural values. For some of his works he employs large groups of people that he controls like a film director and the process of these large-scale productions is documented in video. Wang Qingsong does not see his works as conceptual art, but hopes to act like a kind of journalist. He states that his works have the attributes of “news photography”: “This ‘news quality’ as I understand it does not remain only on the surface but is the search for the truthful reality of essence.” Important exhibitions include ZHUYI! CHINA: Contemporary Photography from China, Photo Biennale, Over a Billion Served.
The Yangjiang Group (Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan, Sun Qinglin) originated in the Yangjiang Calligraphy Collective, founded in 2002 , which was renamed in Yangjiang Group in 2005.
While most artists are moving into international cities like Beijing and Shanghai to set up their studios, the Yangjiang Group, however, is reluctant to be close to political and cultural centers, choosing instead geographic marginality and thereby obtaining a cultural position with distinctive possibilities. Their works are inspired by the local culture and the vernacular and refuse grand narrative styles. Everything that is part of the life in the local community can be transformed into one of their works, which span a wide range of media, from calligraphy to installations and happenings.... Read More
Free admission, reservation is required.