Mortgaged Time – the Artworks

NIAMH CUNNINGHAM/瑞莲, Bachmann Girl 巴赫曼姑娘, 2017, Acrylic on canvas 布面丙烯, 100 x 100 cm

 

Anti War Poet Ingeborg Bachman spent her life’s work often using death as a motif, reflecting on the hidden forces of violence and oppression in society. She was appalled and yet fascinated by the fact that crimes against humanity were being committed on such a large scale even outside the boundaries of war.

The Aryan poet came to despise her father (a bona fide fascist) and began to identify with the Nazi Jewish victims.  Bachmann witnessed the Nazi troops march through her town when she was 12 years old of which she wrote “the pain came too early and was perhaps stronger than anything since … the monstrous brutality , the yelling, singing and marching, the first deathly anxiety attack .” The portrait above is based on a photograph of the poet as a young girl.

 

Li Xinmo and Amy Grubbs performing at The Red Gate Gallery Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Mortgaged Time is an international group exhibition at the Red Gate Gallery in 798 , Beijing. The artworks and performances pay homage to the post WWII poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan.

The exhibition is curated by Raimund Rosarius who is also a theatre director and the project is produced by Susanne Matz. It was these two stellar people who conceived the project. Huge thanks also to Brian Wallace and the wonderful Red Gate team including Feibi, Hongmei and Han Chunhai for hosting this special dialogue and also to the Austrian embassy for their support of the project.

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Mortgaged Time at The Red Gate Gallery

Please join us for a very special exhibition on Saturday 21st at The Red Gate Gallery , 798 . Exhibition produced by Susanne Matz and curated by Raimund Rosarius . Impressive live performances in the afternoon and various events , guided tours and performances throughout the week. 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Artists: 

Fred Dufour, Fion Gunn, Gao Ping, Li Chao, Li Li, Li Xinmo, Ben Mcmillan, Shameera Wiest, Tami Xiang, Niamh Cunningham 

Performance Artists:  Amy Grubb, Fen Ni, Gao Yuan, and Li Xinmo

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Excavations

Huiyuan Water City Oil on Canvas 2017 100x 300cm Niamh Cunningham

Excavations is an exhibition of work by six artists Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Monika Lin, Lee Sheungha, Audrey Mullins and Niamh Cunningham celebrating the twinning of the cities of Beijing and Dublin. Curated by Jia Jingjing and Fion Gunn.Excavations is an exhibition of work by six artists Gulistan, Fion Gunn, Monika Lin, Lee Sheungha, Audrey Mullins and Niamh Cunningham celebrating the twinning of the cities of Beijing and Dublin. Curated by Jia Jingjing and Fion Gunn. This post will look at some of my artworks. 

 

Showing two renditions with different bodies of work the exhibition initially opened at Enjoy Museum, 798, April 12th-17 th .and will be at Art Golf Space, He Gallery from April 20thto 29th.

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Red & Fruit at Raycom centre throughout Chinese New Year Festival


Currently showing in a Chinese New Year themed exhibition with the Roaming Museum. Located in the IT tech industry area of Zhongguang Cun, Beijing, newly opened Raycom centre has a shopping and leisure area on level B1 where people and families can wander about in the “Melting Space”.

LiushuiQiao Subway-2 120x100cm Oil on Canvas 2013 Niamh Cunningham 

Participating artists :

Andrew Cole \ Baizi Zi \ Crow \ Chen Han \ Chen Lili \ big pocket \ Di Chong\ East Drum \ Hericium \ Liu Xiaoshu \ Niamh Cunningham \ Pang Shaoxian\ Pang Zhen Yong \ Sun Yi Fei \ Shan He \ Wang Yanfa \ Wei Ruiling \ Wujiang\ Yang Yan \ Yang Yang \ Yang Zhangsheng \ Zhang Runping \ Zeng Yong \ Zhao Wenjuan

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The Changsha Exhibition

Currently showing in the Exhibition “Chinese and International Visual Arts Exhibition Henan” Changsha at the Mezzi bookstore complex, curated by Ma Yiying.

 

Participating Artists:

Cang Xin, Li Guangbo, Li Wei , Shen Jingdong, Tie Xin , Wang Guofeng, Wu Di, Xiao Ye, Zhang Zhan, and Zhu Zhigang. From the international side Denise Keele-Bedford(Australia, Girar Bourriau (France), Carlo Bernardini (Italy), Claudio Pieronni (Italy) , Leonida De Filippi (Italy), Leonardo Cevallos (Ecuador) , Monica Lin (USA), Niamh Cunningham (Ireland) Sigurdur Gudmundsson (Iceland) and Stevens Vaughn

I was thrilled to meet several of these impressive artists at the opening recently and this blog will take a brief look at some of the artworks and a line or two about what the artist says. 

Wu Xiaobin, Cang Xin, Zhu Zhigang, Monika Lin, WuDi , Li Wei, Ma YiYing, Tie Xin, Wang Guofeng

 

 

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Chinese and Foreign Visual Arts (Hunan) Exhibition

I have just returned from Changsha, Hunan for the opening of a special exhibition on December 26th. The venue was hosted by Mezzi Master bookstore complex, an interesting labyrinth of architecture with multiple levels and various layouts of stairways making the most interesting reading spaces … staircases being a metaphor for the acquisition of knowledge through reading.

 

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Beijing Film Academy exhibition

The exhibition (形质与叙事)  ‘Qualitative Phase and the Narrative’ or  my own loose translation – A conversation on what lies beneath- opened yesterday at Dong Yue Art Museum. Curated by Liu Xuguang and Li Zhen this trienial exhibition is part of the Beijing Film Academy conference.  “ The exhibition explores  art as a concept and looks at the original image in the context of new media art” said academic curator Li Zhen.

curator: Liu Xuguang

academic curator: Li Zhen

artistic director: Yuan QiuLai

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The Feng Huang Walk … Showing in Guangzhou , AT Centre for Contemporary Art

The Feng Huang Walk, Chinese colour & ink on paper 70x 70cm 2016 Niamh Cunningham 

Currently showing work in an exhibition curated by Chang Feng in Guangzhou. Produced by Lan Hai Qi. On Paper is an ambitious project travelling many cities in China within the year and this is the final stop for 2017.  (See my previous post on the Ordos exhibition ). It explores work on paper and  paper related artwork. On Paper continues till Dec 30th.

 

 

 

 

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Currently Showing-The Heritage Rooms, Al Abra and Al Khor at Tamani Hotel Marina, Dubai

 

Like an abra crossing the Creek, I journeyed to another place as I saw work of mine I had not seen for a decade.  In the Heritage Rooms of the Tamani Hotel Marina Dubai,  there are two meeting rooms displaying my work: Al Abra and Al Khor ( Abra means crossing  referring to the water taxi boats and Al Khor is waterway or harbour). 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2008 the Tamani Hotel purchased 20 paintings from my ‘Creek Series’ through the gallery that represented me at the time, Art Attack Gallery which was directed by Al Qais Saeed Alfalasi. Continue reading