In 2018, TAIKANG SPACE will participate the Gallery Weekend Beijing for the second time, bringing the group exhibition "GENDERS ENGENDER".
Taikang Space is a non-profit art institution devoted to the collection, exhibition, research, and promotion of Chinese contemporary art. It was founded by Taikang Life Insurance Co., Ltd in 2003, and has received long-term support from the company. In 2009, Taikang Space relocated from the 798 Art District to Caochangdi, an art village in northeast Beijing, where it remains today.
Over the course of more than ten years of operation, Taikang Space has gradually developed its academic concept: under the rubric of “retrospection and encouragement”, it aims to investigate past material from a contemporary view, while maintaining a simultaneous concern with nuanced art practices that point towards the future. As a platform for knowledge production and sharing, Taikang Space also presents its artistic evaluations to the public to made a consistent and significant contribution to the on-going development of the arts ecosystem and the expanding global impact of Chinese contemporary art.
制性造别 | GENDERS ENGENDER
3.22.2018 - 5.19.2018
艺术家及参与者： 黄静远、李爽、联合公告、马秋莎、覃小诗、山河跳！、写母亲工作组、张然、张思锐 | ARTISTS AND PARTICIPANTS: HUANG Jingyuan, LI Shuang, United Motion, MA Qiusha, QIN Xiaoshi, Mountain River Jump!, Writing Mothers, ZHANG Ran, ZHANG Sirui
策展人： 李佳 | CURATOR: LI Jia
空间策划：李巨川 | SPACE DESIGNER: LI Juchuan
阅读策划：折叠的房间 | READING LIST: Folded room
艺术总监：唐昕 | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: TANG Xin
“Genders Engender” will combine various forms of exhibitions, forums, workshops and publications altogether, to organize discussions and performances around the issues of gender. Focusing on gender studies and practices that take place nowadays or have impacts on social recognition of gender disparity, it attempts to create a platform for display, a space for conversation, even a workshop for production for these plural discourses through curating an exhibition. It embraces and welcomes participants from every field and every community, expecting to open up a broader sight of view, to build up more diverse connections.
“Genders Engender” is not an exhibition presenting “feminist art” or “art of the women artists”, nor providing any definition or producing the tags based on identity. We believe that the gender identity is a kind of symptom or phenomenon, rather than the cause or standard, that need us to read and understand. Equally, it is not the similarity of the temperament, the theme or the method that link these works and performances together. The inner connection is a perspective to view gender which has already become a part of his/her/their perception, thinking and creation. It is the latter that makes us decide what kind of life to identify, to choose, and what a common future to face.
Taikang Space commissioned 11 artists (groups) from around China to create works for this exhibition. The works include traditional photography, installation, videos, multimedia and performances, as well as engaging or interactive programs, social investigation and archives. Part of the exhibition space will be used for continuous workshops as an organic section of the exhibition which will grow and expand with its proceeding. There will be three forums after the opening ceremony. Taikang Space will invite researchers, creators and practitioners to share their gender expressions about writing, photographing and social practice.
Huang Jingyuan was born in 1979, Guangxi. Huang received a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal) in 2005 and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Currently lives and works in Beijing. She is the initiator of “Writing Mothers,” an on-going collaborative writing project with the ambition of discovering the potential of a feminist critique offered through the lens of family life.
Li Shuang was born in 1990. She received Bachelor of Arts in English in Civil Aviation University of China in 2012, and Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communications from New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2014. Currently based in Shanghai.
United Motion is a long-term plan which focuses on the contemporary art industry and gets itself involved in it. It aims at improving the awareness of all the practitioners in the art world about their rights, among which the issue of gender is a continuous concern. This includes phenomena such as the unbalanced ratio of gender in the industry, sexual harassment, the "glass ceiling" phenomenon...etc. By organizing artists programs, promoting public education, doing research and archives, offering legal consultancy services, publishing press release as well as other plural means, United Motion attempts to arouse the general concern for gender equality and to seek for solutions based on specific cases and demands.
Ma Qiusha was Born in 1982, Beijing. She graduated from Digital Media studio of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2005, and received her MFA Electronic Integrated Art in Alfred University, New York in 2008. Currently Lives in Beijing.
Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin was born in 1989, Guangzhou. In 2015, she earned an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University following a BA in Studio Art and Communication from Denison University in 2012. Currently based in Guangzhou.
Mountain River Jump! is an artist-duo founded in 2016 by identical twin sisters Huang Shan and Huang He, both born in 1985. They work as a group while continue their own practices under certain context.
Writing Mothers Taikang Project Working Group
Members: FENG Junhua, HUANG Jingyuan, WAN Qing, YU Guo, ZHAO Yiren (The full list of the participants can be found on the wall at its site).
"Writing Mothers" is an ongoing collaborative writing project initiated by Huang Jing Yuan in July 2017 with Feng Junhua as its co-editor and publisher. Focusing on writing as a driver for the meeting of minds and lives, understanding situations, and responsible action, the project seeks to discover narrative-based and critically focused alternatives to political quietism. In 2017, in addition to two writing episodes (28,000 Chinese characters by eight participating writers for the first and more than 27,000 Chinese characters by seven participating writers in the second), the project also organizes Writing Mothers Working Groups (WMWG) to respond to specific situations, requests, or invitations. These groups are comprised of researchers, activists, social workers, writers, curators, and artists, with the intent that each time its scale, locations, and participants vary. To date, the “Writing Mothers” project has been invited to collaborate in several thematic exhibitions, workshops. It has worked with local community centers and independent spaces to form new programs, as well as taken part in editorial projects, to address a particular topic.
Zhang Ran was born in 1980 in Fushun, Liaoning province. She graduated from No.3 studio of painting department in Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. Currently lives and works in Shenyang.
Zhang Sirui is an author and curator focusing on contemporary art and architecture. She graduated from Columbia University in the city of New York with a Master of Science degree in Critical Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture. Currently she works at Artforum.com.cn as marketing director
Li Juchuan was born in Shashi, Hubei province, China in 1964, and graduated from Department of Urban Planning of Wuhan Urban Construction Institute in 1986. Since 1990s he has been applying himself to the architectural practice, which utilizes performance, video, photo, and on-site installation. Meanwhile, he has been involved in articles, lectures, teaching, and exhibitions. Currently he lives in Wuhan.
Folded Room wonders in unexpected venues as city nomads with the mission of constructing fluid networks between the experience of action and the path of knowledge. As a group of social activists and independent intellectuals, Folded Room explores the swiftest path in connecting diverse domains and stimulating actions in the social bodies.
A hub connecting top Beijing contemporary art institutes of domestic or overseas backgrounds, GWBJ is committed to building up a platform for collectors, museums, and art lovers to gain acquaintance with and share the newest achievements of the contemporary art in a single event. In that week the most splendid exhibitions of the year are due to be presented by all participating parties, invites audience back to artworks' original, meticulously curated exhibition sites, so that they can gain a deeper understanding of artist's ideas, and appreciate various characters and stands of art institutes. GWBJ aims to promote the healthy development of the Beijing artistic ecology, and boost the exchanges and dialogues between art and other fields such as the public, the society, and the media.
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