This exhibition – held in the curator’s flat – is part of her postgraduate study in MA Art and Politics at Goldsmiths College. Hence, the exhibition is not only case study of Chinese contemporary art, but also constitutes a body of research from the perspective of a Chinese student.
The five participating artists̶Liu Chuang, Liu Xinyi, Qin Qi, Zhao Liang, Zhu Tiantian ̶belong to a new generation born in the late 1970s and 1980s. They have experienced the very radical changes in China such as the disintegration of state-owned enterprises, the transformation from Socialist Economy to ‘Socialist Capitalism’ Economy, and particular political incidents such as the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989. This generation is well educated, have access to both Western and Eastern art history, and possess the freedom to travel enabling them to establish extensive global visions and insights.
Moving from the social critique and cultural introspection of the 1980s to the ‘West-East-West’ movement of art and artists in the 1990s has inspired many contemporary Chinese artists, so that Chinese contemporary art could no longer stick to old ideologies through the radical change and transformation of the political and social context. Questions of how to re-examine the relationship between the realities and themselves within the present context provides a new direction for art practices. The works of these new generation Chinese artists differ from the work of radical and agonistic activists such as Ai Weiwei. Instead, these artists conduct their practices in an elusive way, which could be seen as the ‘minor-practice’ that Michel de Certeau proposed. De Certeau believed ‘hidden footage’ in everyday practice is undergoing counteraction, but not open provocative resistance. In China’s society today, how are the everyday practices in real life? This is problematic and worth interrogation, and this is what participating artists of this exhibition concern about and try to embed their queries into artworks.
本次展覽是策展人郭小暉在金史密斯學院(Goldsmiths College)的碩士課 程“藝術與政治”的展覽研究項目,將在策展人的個人公寓展出。五位參展藝術家劉窗、劉辛夷、秦琦、趙亮、朱甜甜屬於20世紀70年代末和80年代出 生的新一代。曾經激發過中國當代藝術創造活力的思想模式──1980年代 的文化反思和社會批判,1990年代的身份政治與跨中西方語境的藝術交流 實踐,都已經不能再次激發新的思想動力。中國藝術隨著國際國內形勢、 政治時局及現實語境的變化而出現深刻變化,新一代藝術家如何重新認識 和思考自己所面臨的現實,並在一種新的問題界面和思想模式下進行藝術 實踐?這些正是本展覽試圖呈現和提出的問題。此展覽的五位藝術家以各 自的寫作成為解讀此段當代藝術的案例,也成為我們對中國當代藝術的當 下性進行觀察和研究的一個形象。