PRESS

Featured In

 

 

 

 

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

CNCREATE

HUA

OCULA MAGAZINE

 

Press Release

Neo Hua Ren: New Diaspora in London

August 29th - September 3rd 2019

The Crypt Gallery

Jan Chan, Whiskey Chow, Yifei Gong, Yushi Li, Yolanda Y. Liou, Kitty Mai, Ying Ming Chen

We are pleased to present Neo Hua Ren exhibition, independently organized by T, D and S supported by V/COLLECTIVE creative agency. It showcases works by London-based young artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The show is a platform to promote undiscovered perspectives on the diaspora and its influence in the globalized world.

Hua Ren (华人) is a wide term representing overseas residents of Chinese descent, including those from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Chinese diaspora in the United Kingdom is fragmented and reflects a complicated history of drastic transformations experienced by the Asian world in the past century. Today, a younger generation, which has inherited the complexity of its origins, infuses it with a different approach formed according to the new reality: in the post-internet world, where everyone is undeliberately connected, the concept of a separated, ethnicity-based community is questioned as a matter of living. The exhibition celebrates the openness and diversity of the participating artists. It poses questions: What does ethnic identity mean in the globalized world? Do the young diaspora still face adversity arising from the concept of ‘otherness’ and/or ‘Chineseness’? How has the internet and the ease of technology brought about unexpected social complications? The show aims to unfold a wider, more complex view on the contemporary living of the Hua Ren. 

Taking its place in the Crypt of St Pancras Church, the show opens up a conversation between artists, who share their aesthetic and conceptual opinions through a variety of mediums. The surroundings of an Anglican church in the very center of London enhance the idea of immigration and complicated relationship between the Christian city, riched in tradition, and its inhabitants. The Crypt, a basement space, structurally entangled and shaped as a maze, embodies a non-linear structure of the post-modern world, which the contemporary diaspora was formed in, and reveals different layers of narratives of the exhibition. Whiskey Chow, who addresses cultural preconceptions of Chinese identity and female masculinity through her performances, inevitably engages with the concept of a female body in a suppressive environment: either Christian church or contemporary patriarchy. Being immersed in the video installation by Yifei Gong, the viewers see the familiar environment of a shopping mall as a dystopian setting and explore the notions of contemporary living: the concept of the private and the public, the self and the other, safety and surveillance. Privacy as a vague intangible concept is addressed by Jan Chan who creates ironic and playful photographs with the use of color and texture for the final imagery. The focus is shifted from society to an individual in the Selfie series by Kitty Mai. She uses ink and paper to produce works that reflect the post-digital era and the way human beings are influenced by new technologies. A different side of living in the digital age is explored by contemporary photographer Yushi Li: she addresses questions of gaze and reversed gender roles, exploring male representation as an erotic subject in light of social media. Yolanda Y. Liou experiments with the medium of photography and presents a wide range of works, showing her work as a fashion photographer, her artistic experimental photography with the use of different materials and a deeply personal research on the modern concept of beauty. The exposition is coming to an end with a large-scale installation by Ying Ming Chen, who combines materials and techniques associated with traditional Chinese culture and contemporary aesthetics.

For press and business inquiries, please contact Tina: <maslakova1t@gmail.com>

 

---

新华人:伦敦的新世代

August 29th - September 3rd 2019

参与艺术家:Jan Chan, Whiskey Chow, Yifei Gong, Yushi Li, Yolanda Y. Liou, Kitty Mai, Ying Ming Chen

 

新华人:伦敦的新世代是由T,D和S独立策画并与V/COLLECTIVE创意经纪公司合作的展览。所有展览者皆是在伦敦发展的中国、台湾与香港的艺术家;除了讨论其全球化的影响也此展希望能探索并呈现这些旅外艺术家们不同的观点。

 

华人为非常广泛的词汇来称呼居外中国旅外的后代,其中包含来自中国,台湾与香港的居民。过去极端的移民风潮也反映着复杂的历史,但大众对在英国的新移民的印象是不齐全的。如今,新的世代继承着自己的血缘文化,同时也尝试着不同的方式来融入新社会;在网路尚未发达的时代,这里的居民是很难跟自己的种族有连结,分离的概念一直影响着生活。

此展很荣幸的邀请到了许多不同背景艺术家们来展示他们对此议题的观点。进而使我们思考,民族认同对于全球化有什么样的关联与连结?这些长期旅外的新一代是否依然会在当地被定义为“其他”或“中国人”呢?还有现今的发达网路科技是如何带来超乎想像的社会连结?此展希望能展现那尚未被发掘的,更广与更复杂的观点来反映现代的华人。

 

展览于St Pancras Church的地窖展出,展览展现了艺术家们透过诸多不同的创作媒材来呈现他们的美学与概念,展开一场艺术家们与观者的精彩对话。教堂位于伦敦市中心,更强化了移民与传统基督教文化与居民之间的关系。教堂的地窖,不仅为一个地下空间,其架构有如迷宫一般,代表着当代新移民的加入而呈现出不同面向,展现出多元的社会架构。 Whiskey Chow的表演作品展现女性在压抑的环境中的拘束,反思着传统基督教会与父权社会;试图打破观众对于中国人与女性拥有阳刚一面的偏见。而Gong Yifei的录像装置作品里,艺术家将大众十分熟悉的环境,如购物商场展现成如反乌托邦的非理想环境与设置,使我们思考当代的生活模式:个人的与公众的,自己与他人,思考着安全性或者是过度的监视。隐私权一直都是一个抽象的概念而Jan Chan喜于创作具讽刺又耐人寻味的摄影作品。他时常使用缤纷的色彩与异材质来完成最后的成品。再来,展览从社会聚焦于个人,一系列的自拍作品来自于Kitty Mai。艺术家使用墨汁与纸来呈现过去人类尚未被新科技影响的时代。而当代摄影师Yushi Li展现了不同的数位时代,她的作品颠覆着刻板印像的性别角色;在社群媒体上展现以男性为色情主角。 Yolanda Y. Liou则是试验着不同的媒材来制作她的摄影作品,同时身为服装摄影师,他展现了具实验性的艺术作品,以不同的媒材来展现他所想诠释的现代美。最后,Ying Ming的装置艺术藉由不同的物质与科技来呈现传统中国文化与现代美学。

 

 

如有任何合作需求,请洽Tina: <maslakova1t@gmail.com>

---

新華人:倫敦的新世代

August 29th - September 3rd 2019

參與藝術家:Jan Chan, Whiskey Chow, Yifei Gong, Yushi Li, Yolanda Y. Liou, Kitty Mai, Ying Ming Chen

 

新華人:倫敦的新世代是由T,D和S獨立策畫並與V/COLLECTIVE創意經紀公司合作的展覽。所有展覽者皆是在倫敦發展的中國、台灣與香港的藝術家;除了討論其全球化的影響也此展希望能探索並呈現這些旅外藝術家們不同的觀點。

 

華人為非常廣泛的詞彙來稱呼居外中國旅外的後代,其中包含來自中國,台灣與香港的居民。過去極端的移民風潮也反映著複雜的歷史,但大眾對在英國的新移民的印象是不齊全的。如今,新的世代繼承著自己的血緣文化,同時也嘗試著不同的方式來融入新社會;在網路尚未發達的時代,這裡的居民是很難跟自己的種族有連結,分離的概念一直影響著生活。此展很榮幸的邀請到了許多不同背景藝術家們來展示他們對此議題的觀點。進而使我們思考,民族認同對於全球化有什麼樣的關聯與連結?這些長期旅外的新一代是否依然會在當地被定義為“其他”或“中國人”呢?還有現今的發達網路科技是如何帶來超乎想像的社會連結?此展希望能展現那尚未被發掘的,更廣與更複雜的觀點來反映現代的華人。

 

展覽於St Pancras Church的地窖展出,展覽展現了藝術家們透過諸多不同的創作媒材來呈現他們的美學與概念,展開一場藝術家們與觀者的精彩對話。教堂位於倫敦市中心,更強化了移民與傳統基督教文化與居民之間的關係。教堂的地窖,不僅為一個地下空間,其架構有如迷宮一般,代表著當代新移民的加入而呈現出不同面向,展現出多元的社會架構。Whiskey Chow的表演作品展現女性在壓抑的環境中的拘束,反思著傳統基督教會與父權社會;試圖打破觀眾對於中國人與女性擁有陽剛一面的偏見。而Gong Yifei的錄像裝置作品裡,藝術家將大眾十分熟悉的環境,如購物商場展現成如反烏托邦的非理想環境與設置,使我們思考當代的生活模式:個人的與公眾的,自己與他人,思考著安全性或者是過度的監視。隱私權一直都是一個抽象的概念而Jan Chan喜於創作具諷刺又耐人尋味的攝影作品。他時常使用繽紛的色彩與異材質來完成最後的成品。再來,展覽從社會聚焦於個人,一系列的自拍作品來自於Kitty Mai。藝術家使用墨汁與紙來呈現過去人類尚未被新科技影響的時代。而當代攝影師Yushi Li展現了不同的數位時代,她的作品顛覆著刻板印像的性別角色;在社群媒體上展現以男性為色情主角。Yolanda Y. Liou則是試驗著不同的媒材來製作她的攝影作品,同時身為服裝攝影師,他展現了具實驗性的藝術作品,以不同的媒材來展現他所想詮釋的現代美。最後,Ying Ming Chen的裝置藝術藉由不同的物質與科技來呈現傳統中國文化與現代美學。

 

 

如有任何合作需求,請洽Tina: <maslakova1t@gmail.com>