Artists: CAO Shu, Antje Ehmann & Harun Farocki, FENG Mengbo, GUO Fengyi, HU Jieming, Ayoung Kim, LIU Chuang, LIU Xin, MAO Chenyu, MIAO Xiaochun, Tactile Art (WANG luyan & GU Dexin), XU Bing, ZHENG Guogu, ZHUANG Hui
Curator: DONG Bingfeng
Organizer: Xie Zilong Photography Museum
Venue: Exhibition Hall 1&2, 2F, Xie Zilong Photography Museum, No.387, Xiaoxiang South Road, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan
Dates: 30th April 2022-28th August 2022
Supporter: KADIST, PermaJet, BOE Yiyun, Meituan
Strategic Cooperation: Trip
"Body · Cosmos: The Art of Living Together" is curated by Mr. DONG Bingfeng, the academic director of XPM. The exhibition presents a variety of works by 15 contemporary artists and art groups from home and abroad, including photography, paintings, animations, videos, installations and site-specific art. This exhibition intends to place an urgent contemplation on the realities of our present world within a broader cultural and historical view, trying to outline an approach of "Living Together" towards the future that constantly crosses the boundaries of academic disciplines and visual arts.
"Body · Cosmos: The Art of Living Together" focuses on the "body" of the artists: a unique subjective experience and artistic concept expressed in different historical periods. In the meantime, it regards the external objective world "cosmos" as the core moral value and intellectual energy of the artists. Therefore, the combination of "body" and "cosmos" can be considered as a comprehensive interpretation of the cultural conditions and the spiritual essence of the time in which the artists live.
The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the world in recent years is now having a significant and far-reaching impact on human world and its current system. As a result, whether in social, political, cultural spheres or in the reality of rapid development of technology, constant reflections and changes have taken place. "Body · Cosmos" initiates from a global perspective, applying art practices from different historical periods over half a century, to contemplate and constantly explore the complexity and its major debates on contemporary art that intertwined itself within the historical judgments and contemporary concepts. In this regard, "The Art of Living Together" is an active response and a bold experiment to issues such as technological changes, political life and ethic values under the context of the current turbulent reality.
Since the inauguration in 2017, Xie Zilong Photography Museum has been devoting itself to constantly promote the professional development as well as specify academic orientation of the institution through activities of research, exhibitions, and public education. Starting from photography, it presents the evolution of technology and concepts of photography and contemporary art. "Body · Cosmos: The Art of Living Together" is the major exhibition and research project of XPM's transformation plan from 2022 at its 5th anniversary. During the four-month exhibition period, a series of thematic seminars and artist roundtables will be held accordingly.