This exhibition is a major symbolic event representative of the emergent Chinese avant-garde artists who influence the art scene in China today. This generation of artists no longer relies on the political history background and they have become the players of a larger scene, global in every sense. It shows an understanding of Chinese art as a vital and outstanding way of dealing with political, social and aesthetic issues. Curated by Ami Barak. Out of the 18 artists exhibiting, 4 are ACC grantees.
The theme of this Guangzhou Image Triennial--Interweaving Eidos·Overlapping Images--is based on such a position,or in other words,the transition from "photo"to "image," indicating the transition from the original "photography of humanities"to a more inclusive and disciplinary "photography of visual researc.h" Driven by modern technology, the concept of "image"we are talking today has entered into a larger dimension. The overlapping of static and dynamic,physical and non-physical as well as two dimensional and multidimensional elements begins to leap beyond the visual expression defined by "photography."
NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer hybrid perspectives on their socio-political environment. ACC alumni Li Shurui, Ma Quisha and Yin Xiuzhen are some of the most exciting female artists working in mainland China.
From giant installations and elusive sculptural pieces challenging and exploring everyday objects to powerful and other-worldly visual narratives, the huge variety of artworks found throughout the NOW programme, reflects the many viewpoints of artists in the wake of feminist movements of the past.