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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, …

Introduce a Chinese photographer: Mu Ge

These photographs were taken by Muge, a Chinese photographer. I first saw them in the Atsushi Fujiwara’s photo-book exhibition at the Format Festival. They belong to a series entitled “Going Home”. They were taken quite literally during the photographer’s journey home, an area upstream of the Changjiang. These photographs recorded immigrant revisitations home, painting a portrait of movement and the meaning of place and identity in an immigrant community (de- and re-territorialised). Differing from regular labour immigrantsin China, these peoples were forced to move away from their traditional ‘homes’ due to the building of the Three Gorges Dam. They remind me quite poignantly of Zhangke Jia’s film Still Life (三峡好人); both cannot return to a geographically located home anymore, and instead must re-imagine and reconstruct one. 这些照片的拍摄者是中国摄影师木格。我第一看到这些作品是在今年的Format国际摄影节。木格的作品被收录进藤原敦的摄影图册展览中。 这个系列的作品被命名为“回家”。实际上也真的是拍摄于摄影师回到长江上游家中的旅途中。拍摄的题材则是移民重归故里。不同于中国常见的劳工移民,这些出现在画面中的人多数是因修建三峡水库被迫离乡背井。 看到这些照片,我立刻回想起贾樟柯的电影《三峡好人》。这些都是回不去家的人。

Introduce a Chinese photographer: Yang Yankang

There is an interview of Christian Caujolle, the ex-founder of Agence VU, on The Outlook Magazien (China). He mentioned a few Chinese photographers who are signed with Agence VU. Therefore, this agency gets my attention. Yang Yankang (born.1954)’s photographs remind me Zhuang Xueben, who taken photographs of Chinese “minorities” between 1930s and 1950s. There are two series of Yang’s work, showing on Agence VU’s website: Buddhism in Tibet (2009) and Catholic in the Villages of Shanxi Province, China (2001). Yang has anthropological eyes as Zhuang Xueben, chasing the people who live with their own lifestyle and culture (religious).

Review: Dai Jianyong (COCA)’s project in New York.

Photographs on Dai Jianyong’s Wechat. Photo by Dai Jianyong See the review at Sina.com: 私评论:戴建勇的纽约地铁 Update: From 2014 to 2015, it has been a good year for Dai Jianyong until last month. He went to New York to be a resident artist for 3 months and won a few rewards. He joined influential artistic projects in Beijing and considered to move to Beijing. When I met him during my research in Beijing, I agreed to write a review about his new project. This Chinese review was published on Sina.com, which is also the owner of Chinese twitter Weibo. Then, things turned tougher for Dai in last month. Fortunately, it’s alright now.  I hope he has a brighter future. Good luck. Fangfei, July 2015