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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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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Hassan Sharif : spanners, dustpans, spoons & flipflops- the Single Work Artist

 

Back in  2008 when I was still living in Dubai  my writer/curator friend Jyoti Dhar introduced me to the Flying House .  I met Hassan’s brother Abdul Raheem Sharif who founded the Flying House for contemporary Emirati artists. Back then I remember the Sharif’s doorsteps and sections of ground floors were replaced with transparent boxes encasing colourful daily objects ‘intervened’ in some way.

A huge retrospective for Hassan Sharif at the Sharjah Arts Foundation pays tribute to a pioneering experimental artist showing his diverse practice  in seven different ‘Chapters’ from the 1970’s to his untimely demise in 2016 .

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大地艺术项目——无棣,棣求村The Land Art Project – Di QiuCun, Wudi

 

 

 

 

十月一共19位出色的艺术家参与了无棣大型艺术田园创作项目,这里有一些他们作品的照片。我有幸结识这些艺术家,和他们一起工作,了解他们的创作,真是一大乐事。有些作品是用回收机器部件,旧自行车,工厂废弃陶瓷和其他一些材料做的。This post will show some images of the ambitious project at Wudi over the month of October. A total of 19 outstanding artists participated . It was a true pleasure to work with all of these artists and get to know them and their practice. Some of the artworks were made from recycled machinery , old bikes , rejected factory ceramic and other materials. 

 

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A slice of life at art:gwangju:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 10 international galleries showing at art:gwangju:17 at the Kim Dae Jung convention centre.   I will look at two of these the Nancy Toomey Fine Art (San Francisco) and the Leyden Gallery (London).

         Leyden Gallery Nancy                                              Nancy  Toomey Gallery                         

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