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Curatorial: 2016′ Slow at China Exchange, London

SLOW:Zhu Yingchun, Carlos Jiménez, Aaron Distler

International Art’s initiative Shaire 是野 is honoured to present Slow, an exhibition and artistic exchange conceived by artist Zhu Yingchun with Carlos Jiménez and Aaron Distler. The exhibition is organised on the occasion of Nanjing Week and London Design Festival and features newly commissioned works by the artists.

Zhu Yingchun, Aaron Distler, and Carlos Jiménez respond to the subjects and visual systems within nature through media such as film, sculpture and the book form. The artists focus on the process of conscious formation versus the pace of their actions while using the forces of nature – including fire, steam and light  – to create their work.

The title of the exhibition Slow is inspired by the signal 慢, displayed at the entrance to Zhu Yingchun’s studio in Nanjing, China. This sign greets visitors and reminds them to slow down and consider their environment carefully – setting the stage for discovery.

Curated by Fangfei Chen and Jaime Marie Davis

Exhibition dates, China Exchange, 20–24 September 2016 10.00 – 18.00

Book donation, British Library, 20 September 2016 18.00 – 20.00

Opening celebration and music performance, China Exchange, 21 September 2016 18.00 – 21.00 

Workshop and artists in conversation, China Exchange, 24 September 2016 15.00 – 17.00

15.00 Chinese ink and wood block/bookmaking workshop
16.00 Zhu Yingchun, Carlos Jiménez, Aaron Distler in conversation with critic Sacha Craddock.
17.00 Tour with curators Fangfei Chen and Jaime Marie Davis

Address: China Exchange, 32A Gerrard St, London W1D 6JA

Curatorial: 2016′ Secret Agent at the Guest Project, London


9th – 30th January 2016

Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm or by appointment.

Artists; Sarah Beddington, Beth Collar, Aleksandra Domanović, Mathilde ter Heijne, Aura Satz, Maud Sulter, Niina Vatanen and Ye Funa

Secret Agent is a group exhibition composed from the viewpoint of feminist authorship in contemporary art practices. The artists in the exhibition actively challenge the institutional structure of history and patriarchal authority – and imagine alternative narratives, often through the specificity of lens-based media. Acts of image-making, archiving, or guerrilla information tactics enable visibility and challenge relationships between author and authority. Each artist utilises language and the literary in dialogue with image-making to harness the intertextual, as archival photographs and stock footage are transformed through repetition, re-staging and re-imagining. Representation of western history through both image and text, with the inherent parallels between historical and photographic truth – and the legacy of radical image/text practice in the 1970s and 1980s – are central to the development of this exhibition.

The enabling of voice(s) of authorship whereby subjectivity is activated in order to challenge the ideology of individualism and the singularity of the art historical canon and history itself, is what Janet Staiger describes as the ‘technique of the self’. This consideration of the self in relation to, and together with others, draws away from the photographic as exacerbating difference or the implicated position of a directed camera, and generates an argument for collaboration and collectivity.

The exhibition title, Secret Agent, is inspired by artist Oreet Ashery and academic Catherine Grant, who describe feminist cultural production as an ‘invisible agent’ and generative informant for ‘different kinds of subjectivity and agency under patriarchy’. Grant suggests broadening notions of what constitutes primary texts, and exploring more rigorous methods of interactional, inter-subjective, or interdisciplinary approaches to critical analysis, also for artists’ to broaden auteurial imaging.

The exhibition is a touring and evolving composition, which follows from its previous presentation at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki to examine feminist positions of revisiting histories through lens and time based media.

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Collaboration and Authorship: A Day of Talks and Performance at Guest Projects

16 Jan 3 – 7pm.

A partnership between Hemera Collective, (play)ground-less, Space In Between and Hi Barbara that will include talks and discussions with artists, curators and academics followed by performances that reflect on collaboration and practice. Please RSVP to

3pm – tours of Secret Agent at Guest Projects and (play)ground-less at Space in Between.
3.30pm – (play)ground-less presents a performance lecture utilising working processes of the group, carried out across different zones of time and space. Looking again at methods by which to share, communicate and appropriate each other’s context; the event takes the form of a live WhatsApp stream between the four artists. Also invited by (play)ground-less, artists Mira Loew and Jane Frances Dunlop contribute to the symposium with what parts of my idea were yours. This short performance is about the act of collectively authoring and how ideas progress over the course of a collaboration. It is about shared language, traded ideas. It is about asking someone else to perform for you, about agreeing to do it.
4.15pm – Short presentations and a discussion from academics, writers, artists, curators concerned with different elements of collaboration or collectivity within their own research and practice and includes Stevphen Shukaitis (University of Essex), Larne Abse Gogarty, Helen Kaplinsky and Patricia Kingori (University of Oxford)
6pm – Performances by Das Hund, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong and more!

Short Films Screening: Most conscious beings lack a permanent physical form

23 Jan 2016 6-9pm

In their assemblage and individual subject matter, this collection of films is about the subject of disappearing. As a performative act to assume the identity of the other, the banishment on the accusation of being ‘too real’, or the disappearance of a web domain amongst political shifts, each film articulates the difficulties of producers who ‘speak to transform reality, and no longer to preserve it as an image’.

Artists include Marie Yates, Pilvi Takala, Mikhail Karikis, Aleksandra Domanović, and Oreet Ashery

Wiki-edit-a-thon: Exhibition Histories

23rd Jan, 12 – 6pm

Join us and take part in a day of creating and editing histories online. We will be focusing on neglected exhibition and institutional histories, ensuring that there is greater access to information about radical, collaborative curatorial and visual art practices via the web.

Curated by Hemera Collective

Curatorial: 2015′ Secret Agent at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

Secret Agent | The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

4 September 2015 – 16 October

Private View: 3 September 2015, 5-7pm

Judith Barry

Beth Collar

Chiara Fumai

Mathilde ter Heijne

Maud Sulter

Niina Vatanen
Secret Agent is a group exhibition composed from the viewpoint of feminist authorship and forms of collaboration in contemporary photography and film making practices. The six artists in the exhibition actively challenge the institutional structure of history and patriarchal authority – and imagine alternative narratives through the specificity of lens-based media. Acts of image-making, archiving, and guerilla information tactics enable visibility and challenge relationships between author and authority. Read More

Interview with Sofia Lahti (Curator of the Finnish Museum of Photography) in Chinese

This is an ongoing project about the photography collection and management of museums, galleries, private collections and archives. I collaborate with the Ray Art Centre (Shanghai), publishing interviews and articles online in Chinese. Because most interviews are done in English, this platform will show these works in both Chinese and English. The Ray Art Centre is a non-profit organisation, which has organised great public events with institutions such as Fudan University and Bund Art Museum. Hope you enjoy my work.

影像收藏与策展专题 | 索非亚·拉提:什么是芬兰文化、摄影和艺术?(下)

Originally published with the Ray Art Center (Shanghai)

撰文、采访 / 陈芳菲


作者前言:笔者今年和赫墨拉小组(Hemera Collective)一直忙于为芬兰摄影博物馆制作展览。索非亚·拉提(SofiaLahti)是配合我们工作的策展人之一。芬兰摄影博物馆(Finnish Museum of Photography, FMP)位于首都赫尔辛基。博物馆创始于1969年,如今以独立基金会的形式在运营,拥有近50年的历史。2013年5月,《在博物馆中的影像》国际学术会议在俄罗斯国家博物馆展览中心(The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO)开幕。索非亚·拉提作为芬兰摄影博物馆的代表与会并作演讲,随后她的演讲稿作为博物馆和馆藏介绍放在网站上至今。这篇文章极大满足了我对芬兰摄影博物馆的好奇心。在索非亚的支持和帮助下,我把这篇文章翻译过来,并就文章未涉及的方面进行采访。

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