In 2013, the He Xiangning Art Museum proposed a program that would feature and support overseas Chinese artists and their work. The museum hoped to provide a space to present the work of overseas Chinese artists, as well as a platform for discussion and exchange regarding contemporary art creation and theory among Chinese artists living in mainland China and elsewhere. This project emphasized the work of young overseas Chinese artists, but was not limited to young artists. Through expert recommendations, a juried award, an exhibition, and a symposium, the Museum wanted to uncover experimental and creative art made by overseas Chinese people, encourage and promote this kind of artistic creation, and present the multiple dimensions of the overseas Chinese art ecosystem.
Following “Local Futures: The Culture China Young Overseas Chinese Invitational Exhibition,” He Xiangning Art Museum is pleased to show “Double Vision: The Culture China Overseas Chinese Women’s Invitational Exhibition,” curated by Feng Boyi, Fang Lihua, and Lin Fan, from November 8, 2014 to March 8, 2015.
This exhibition features Erika Tan, Lili Chin, Sophie Tianxin Chen, Duan Yingmei, Kok Siew-Wai, Hu Bing, Summer Mei Ling Lee, Pixy Yijun Liao, Lin Yan, Liu Chang, Lynn Loo, Ren Ding, Wang Yu, Wu Di, Zhang Ou, Zhang Ran and Zou Zhao. These 17 artists come from eight different countries, including the United States, Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Malaysia, and Singapore. Their work covers installation, photography, video, performance, and interactive media.
Here, the phrase “double vision” actually refers to a very specific phenomenon: an eye with two pupils. The title has an extended meaning for female overseas Chinese artists, who have immigrated, migrated, or wandered to unfamiliar places. With the “double vision” of their double or multiple identities, they have the ability to see through these multiple mirror images. They use multi-media methods and visual languages to reconstruct cultural memories and personal feelings about the past, present, and future of their current homes. “Double vision” also implies self-examination within a global context, as these artists scrutinize both their native culture and the culture of the place in which they live. They consider their own cultural identities, the concept of “home,” and even the anxiety and unity that results from confronting issues as a female artist. He Xiangning Art Museum is pleased to present the work of these seventeen overseas Chinese artists currently living in a range of countries to a mainland Chinese audience.
Support: Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council
Shenzhen Fund for the Promotion of Cultural Heritage.
On View: November 8, 2014 to March 8, 2015.
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