Tell Me a Story: Locality and NarrativeMay 28, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016

  • Rockbund Art Museum is proud to present its latest group exhibition, “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative.” The exhibition draws on artists from all across Asia to share 11 stories from distinct regional cultures as they have evolved throughout the modern era. Through the exploration of personal ties between artist and environment, each work exhibits multiple facets of local life, revealing in the process a side of Asia often left unseen and unheard. Though originating from different locations and cultures, these stories harmonize with one another as much as they contrast. For, though each work expresses a different saga, they nonetheless manifest a deeper, shared history, bringing to view the full complexity of existence “on the ground” for contemporary Asian societies.

     

    Life on The “Borders”

    The exhibition begins with Apichatpong’s video installation Fireworks (Archive), in which the viewer is taken through a surreal night-journey through a temple on the border of Northern Thailand. The only sources of illumination are brought by Apichatpong himself. Flashlights, fireworks and camera light up the macabre and desolate statuaries of the temple, the sudden bursts of incandescence  reminiscent of the fires of war which ravaged the region when it was suppressed by Bangkok, as well as bombed by US military during the 1970’s. The artist describes his work as a “hallucinatory memory machine.” The boundary between fantasy and fact is as dark as the shadowy recesses of the history itself.

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  • Koki Tananka / Provisional Studies: Workshop #1, “1946–52 Occupation Era and 1970 between Man and Matter”
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Fireworks (Archive)
  • Tomoko Yoneda / Oji Paper’s former Maoka Mill: Kholmsk
  • Su Yu-Hsien / Hua-Shan-Qiang
  • Au Sow-Yee / The Kris Project I: The Never Ending Tale of Maria, Tin Mine, Spices and the Harimau
  • Chen Chieh-Jen / Friend Watan
  • Watan Wuma / Feast
  • Haejun Jo and Kyeong Soo Lee / A Ship Believing the Sea is the Land
  • Guo Xi and Zhang Jianling / The Grand Voyage: A Study on Name
  • Provisional Studies: Workshop#1,“1946-52 Occupation Era and 1970 Between Man and Matter", 2014-2015
  • Provisional Studies: Workshop#1,“1946-52 Occupation Era and 1970 Between Man and Matter", 2014-2015
  • Provisional Studies: Workshop#1,“1946-52 Occupation Era and 1970 Between Man and Matter", 2014-2015
  • Haejun Jo, Kyeong Soo Lee, A ship Believing the sea is the land, 2014
  • Haejun Jo, Kyeong Soo Lee, A ship Believing the sea is the land, 2014
  • Filed Recordings (Li Xiaofei, Jim Speers, Clinton Watkins, Tracey Guo, and Tu Neill) / Let the Water Flow
  • Field Recordings, Let the Water Flow, 2016
  • Koki Tananka / Provisional Studies: Workshop #1, “1946–52 Occupation Era and 1970 between Man and Matter”
  • Field Recordings, Let the Water Flow, 2016
  • Haejun Jo and Kyeong Soo Lee / A Ship Believing the Sea is the Land
  • Haejun Jo and Kyeong Soo Lee / A Ship Believing the Sea is the Land
  • Tomato Yoneda, The Island of Sakhalin, 2012
  • Tomato Yoneda, The Island of Sakhalin, 2012
  • Au Sow-Yee / The Kris Project I: The Never Ending Tale of Maria, Tin Mine, Spices and the Harimau
  • Guo Xi and Zhang Jianling / The Grand Voyage: A Study on Name
  • Tomato Yoneda, The Island of Sakhalin, 2012
  • MAP Office (Laurent Gutierrez, Valérie Portefaix) / Hong Kong is Land
  • Watan Wuma, Feast, 2005
  • Chen Chieh-jen, Friend Watan, 2013
  • Filed Recordings (Li Xiaofei, Jim Speers, Clinton Watkins, Tracey Guo, and Tu Neill) / Let the Water Flow
  • Au Sowyee, The Kris Project I: The Never Ending Tale of Maria, Tin Mine, Spices and the Harimau, 2016
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Fireworks (Archive)
  • Tomato Yoneda, The Island of Sakhalin, 2012
  • Su Yu-Hsien / Hua-Shan-Qiang

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