Hair Skull & Pillar of Time, currently showing Changsha

 

When I was young I remember hearing the first tangible reference to feminism, my mother told me “your great grandparents were feminists” They divided the  farm equally between their three children: one son and two daughters. This was a very unusual in conservative rural Ireland in 1930’s. And so my first understanding of the term was equal resources. 

 

‘Existence – An International Feminist Art Exhibition’ opened on May 20th curated by Zhen Guo.  A huge thank you to some other wonderful women,  Zhang Haixia (chairperson of Bu Gao group) for supporting this landmark exhibition ,  to Wu Xiaobin (head of culture and art BBK Group). The opening coincided with a launch of another BBK project which is local art program for female artists called Cloud Water(Yun Shui project) . Also would like to thank the people of Mezzi book complex especially local curator Peng JunYao and manager Yang li Hui for all your help during installation and to translator ZhangShen for his help during the forum.  

The afternoon began with a forum discussing the expansive subject  ‘Feminist Art: Present and Future’ with curator Zhen Guo moderating Wu Xiaobin manager of culture BBK group,with other panel members artists Franziska Greber, Li Xinmo, and myself, and supporting academicians Tsao Xingyuan, Guo Yaxi and Ai Leier. 

 

This post will look at my works: the Hair Skull and the Pillar of Time which is exhibiting in this venue .

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Upcoming Exhibition in Changsha, Hunan, Existence

Very excited to be part of this exciting upcoming exhibition  curated by Guo Zhen opening on May 20th in Changsha.

 

 

Participating Artists :

Laetitia Deschmps (France)

Franziska Greber (Switzerland)

Guo Zhen(USA)

Li Xinmo (China)

Gao Yuan (Taipei)

Hayoon Jay Lee (Korea)

Li Linlin (China)

Liu Hung (United States)

Monika Lin (United States)

Denise Keele (Australia) )

Tang Tian (China)

Wang Baoju (China) 

Yan Yinhong (China) 

Zhang Qiongfei (China)

Radka Hrabovska (Slovakia),

Niamh Cunningham (Ireland)

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Age of Exploration- Fion Gunn

Fion Gunn, Age of Exploration no2, 2017 76x76cm, canvas, acrylic, collage 探索时代 2号,2017年76x76cm厘米帆布,丙烯酸漆,拼贴画 Age of Exploration offers scintillating perspectives on seafaring travel , reflecting on global resettlement from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The solo exhibition by Fion Gunn continues at He Gallery Laipeng Golf space until June 3rd.  Continue reading

Excavations at He Gallery, Laipeng Golf Space

 

Excavations is currently showing at the He Gallery Laipeng Golf Art space until June 3rd 2018 .

 

This rendition of Excavations opened on Sunday 22nd April and I would like to thank Gallery manager Liu Meijun, Mr Zhou Chen of Chen Gallery, Mr Huang Zhongjin of Laipeng golf grounds. Many thanks to curators Jia Jingjing and Liu Meijun for all their hard work. Sincere thanks to deputy Head of Mission Tim Harrington who came to officiate the opening along with cultural attaché Aoife Fleming of the Embassy of Ireland. Thank you to Dublin City Council for sponsoring this project celebrating the twinning programme between Dublin and Beijing . 

The opening was very special as five of the six participating artists were present : Fion Gunn, Gulistan, Monika Lin arrived from Shanghai and Lee Sheungha came from Korea and myself. Sadly Audrey Mullins could not be present .

 

 

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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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