Universes in Universe

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Curators: Liu Jie, Lu Jing (Rain)
Liu Jie is the founder and director of A Thousand Plateaus Art Space in Chengdu. He has planned many art projects over last ten years.
Lu Jing (Rain) is the founder and director of L-Art Gallery in Chengdu. She has curated numerous shows and public events.

Chen Qiulin, Chen Zhe, Feng Li, Li Lang, Li Jieren, Li Qing, Liang Shaoji, Liao Fei, Liu Chuanhong, Na Yingyu, Ma Haijiao, Mr.d.mouse(Zhou Hang), Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Hongfeng, Wang Chuan, Wu Ding, Xu Bacheng, Zhang Tianjun

The exhibition designs a virtual perspective of future, and takes a gesture of memory-hunting, clinging to and writing down the maze of contemporary history. Therefore, based on the humanity history and the site-specificity of Anren, following the time-and-space nodes which are closely connected to the modernization in China --such as the rise of Western Learning Spreading to the East--, this exhibition unfolds the contemporary art’s discussion on “time”.

How to perceive history and the scene of modern and contemporary China, and how to understand the history and time against this backdrop? How to write the present history for the future? How can the understanding of the general and specific time and space be fused into individual creation of contemporary art? How will these art works prompt us to observe the reality of today’s China and the historical sample of site-specificity?

The artists and art works selected take the multi-dimension of time as the sequences whose interconvertibility gives life to a marriage and cycle between the forms and the theme of the exhibition: the cycles starts from the time when the exhibition happens and its real-time moments gets recorded, moves into the chronological periods of specific histories and the physical time fixed by certain time and space. During the process, an abstract psychological time based on individual perception has been generated; and different psychological time of individuals jointly form a more extensive and conceptualized time linking to the history-writing of a region and a nation. At last, such a macro perception of time goes back to the specific beginning, that is, as what Anren has cued, the memory field built by specific time and space.

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(From press information)

1st Anren Biennale 2017

28 October 2017 - 28 February 2018

Anren, Chengdu
Sichuan Province, China

Title: Today's Yesterday

Artistic direction: Lu Peng

Four exhibitions curated by:
Marco Scotini, Liu Ding & Carol Lu Yinghua, Liu Jie & Lu Jing, Lan Qingwei & Du Xiyun

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