Artists (in no particular order):
杨志麟 管策 汤国 刘赦 周啸虎 王轶琼
Yang Zhilin／Guan Ce／Tang Guo／Liu She／Zhou Xiaohu／Wang Yuqiong
张立明 黄峻 金锋 王立平 张正民 罗荃木
Zhang Liming／Huang Jun／Jin Feng／Wang Liping／Zhang Zhengmin／Luo Quanmu
王成 封加樑 赵勤 包忠 王强 曹恺
Wang Cheng/Feng Jialiang/Zhao Qin/Bao Zhong/Wang Qiang/Cao Kai
顾小剑 顾小平 谢中霞 董文胜 高波
Gu Xiaojian／Gu Xiaoping／Xie Zhongxia／Dong Wensheng／Gao Bo
王张莉 吴翦 徐弘 俞洁 方蕾
Wang Zhangli／Wu Jian／Xu Hong／Yu Jie／Fang Lei
闫栋 李素芳 吕超 朱存伟 王东春
Yan Dong／Li Sufang／Lu Chao／Zhu Cunwei／Wang Dongchun
许翔 武小平 冯且 卞松 彭涛 卞少之 路路
Xu Xiang／Wu Xiaoping／Feng Qie／Bian Song／Peng Tao／Bian Shaozhi／Lu Lu
Curator: Gao Minglu
Academic Host: Xue Mo
Curator Assistant: Li Lu
Exhibition Coordinator: Huang Yan
Exhibition Organization: Luo Jia, Guo Suchen
Visual Design: Yang Zhilin, Bai Hualong
Media Support: ART 404
Exhibition Sponsor Nanjing University of Fine Arts Art Museum
展览时间 2018年5月10日- 5月28日
Exhibition time May 10, 2018 - May 28
展览地点 南京市文苑路 1 号南京师范大学美术学院美术馆
Venue: Art Museum, Nanjing Normal University, 1 Wenyuan Road, Nanjing
Most of the artists in the "Hello" exhibition were artists active in Nanjing and throughout the country since the 1980s. I feel that they hope to find their own creative methods in the face of the new international and domestic situations that are taking place. They first reflect on the responsibilities of intellectuals, think about the enthusiasm of humanism for many years, and think about how to deal with new populist trends. They are also trying different linguistic means, such as how to use virtual images to capture the daily momentary dislocations, thereby finding the feelings and spiritual destination of contemporary people. They also try to extract some kind of spirituality from the media and material to resist the omnipresent material desire. So, in short, in the increasingly fragile state of contemporary artistic creation, these artists in Nanjing pondered possible breakthroughs.
However, the new language and methodology are not one-off, and this has been proved by history. New languages and new methodologies must be based on new philosophical perspectives, world views, and ways of thinking. Without this foundation, only anxiety and impetuousness can be allowed to flourish. This anxiety is not only the anxiety of Chinese intellectuals and artists, but also the global anxiety of elite intellectuals. If we say that since the 20th century, intellectuals have been wearing two auras all the way to the scenery, one is the aura of institutional rebels who resist the capital and the market, and the other is the enlightener aura that advocates free and independent personal values. In the Cold War period and even in the early days of globalization, these two haloes were once the soul and value of opposing masses in the two opposing camps.
Today, however, the halo of these two intellectuals is fading. It does not mean that these two kinds of values are wrong, but that the new knowledge of the narrative of new world forms makes these auras more likely to stay on the “politically correct” side. It cannot continue to practice in humanity as it has done in the past. The level of light glows. The previous intellectual halo was based on simpler humanism and internationalism. However, today it faces the new impact of globalization over the past 30 years. The struggle between geopolitics and capital monopoly replaced the ideological rivalry of the Cold War, while world-wide strongman politics and populism took advantage of the situation and emerged in the two opposing national camps that appeared to be in opposition. Trump, a strong and pragmaticist, proposed that "U.S. priorities" and "U.S. supremacy" are widely welcomed by the U.S. grass-roots people. Hillary still believes that she is wearing the savior of the universal aura. She is speaking for freedom and democracy in the world. The day before the vote, Clinton canvassed in Pennsylvania. She insisted on giving lectures at elite Pittsburgh universities and not visiting those traditional coal and steel bases, which are common areas where the working class gathers. Not only did she lose the traditional ticket office of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, but her failure also made many intellectual elites and university students in the country cry.
Strongman and the public have joined forces to cross the "political correctness" of the intellectual elite - the grand narrative of the elite who used to make them lose their words. As a result, they did not hesitate to negate the illusory aura and chose their own personal interests. Strongman politics has raised daily oil and salt to the national interest. The value of the geopolitical era became the "nation" rather than "ism." Whether the “internationalism” of the period from 1840 to 1989, or the “globalism” of the next three decades, has exposed the human desire for anthropocentrism. This anthropocentrism always appears with various lofty groupism. These "isms" continue to trigger wars and competition, ultimately pointing to the destruction of humanity and the earth.
This is a new knowledge narrative that has been brought about thirty years after the reintegration of global capital, politics, and the military. This narrative is political, economic, and cultural. Obviously, this new knowledge narrative has the greatest impact on the intellectuals and artists accustomed to talking on paper. Confusion and anxiety are inevitable. Moreover, this anxiety period may not soon pass.
Therefore, we must face this new knowledge narrative change, create new world stories and new storytelling methods in art. However, this does not mean that we must give up the value of the previous halo, but we need to adjust the practice of values. Perhaps we must first forget the halo that we once wore and abandon our romantic confidence. A more realistic look at one's own capabilities and realities is the only way to find new stories and new ways. Get rid of any group meaning of "political correctness". Back to me, meet me and discover me. Discover my abilities, my heart, my way of speaking. Iron shoulders are morally important, but they must start with iron. True self-confidence is determination. It should be relaxation rather than anxiety.
Thanks "Hello! " The artist friends of the exhibition inspired me and gave me the opportunity to communicate with everyone. Nanjing is a traditional center of literary talent and one of the centers of contemporary art. She is always breeding new stories and new atmosphere.