Artists: Alexander Brandt Chen Xiaoyun Lu Chunsheng Liu Jianhua Song Tao Shi Yong Xu Zhen Xiang Liqing Yang Zhenzhong Yang Fudong
Shanghai Construction : Group exhibition by 10 artists
The exhibition title “Shanghai Constructions” is referenced from a foreign language magazine “China Constructions” which was inaugurated by Madame Song Qingling during the 1950’s. This publication introduced socialist constructions from China to the world with different languages. Inside the magazine, you can find propagandistic reproductions of healthy and robust workers and factories, consciously promoting socialist values and flourishing people’s lives. After almost 50 years, today’s Shanghai, as a symbol of China’s development, proposes another optimistic scene --- one that differs greatly from the scene as depicted in the magazine of the 1950s’. However, the significance of culture and its need for intellectual support remain a pressing issue for the formation of a new and coherent society. Many emerging artists in Shanghai thrive in an environment where economy and culture are undergoing drastic changes. Some of these artists translate their subjective experiences in a rather open manner, while others consciously critique the social and art systems in hope of capturing the sensibilities of our time. Known for innovative uses of time-based media like video and photography, their experimental practices ponder the many contradictions of urbanization and give substances to the very existence of an alternative yet highly diverse culture. This is their contributions to Shanghai as a unique metropolis.