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Zhao Yao at JNBY,Taitoo Li Sanlitun-"Land, Devil & Night"

Exhibition:Land, Devil & Night

Date:From 15 September to 15 December

Participating Artists:He An,Lu Pingyuan,Zhao Yao

Location: JNBY,Taitoo Li Sanlitun, South S3-10

 

From 15 September to 15 December, JNBY and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) along with artists He An, Lu Pingyuan, and Zhao Yu present “Land, Devil & Night,” the first in a series of collaborative art projects.

 

Titled seemingly in reference to the work of the three contributing artists, “Land, Devil & Night” reveals a series of theatrically interlocking metaphors. The three elements of drama—place, character, and time—are easily read through this title and form a framework for interactions between performance and the real world, action and fantasy.

 

“Representation” is in a state of crisis. Here the works take on various forms and truths, whether it be through the birds-eye-view carpeting, the cold images that cover the walls, or the flirtatious lights that cover the darkness of night. When walking into the store, the meaning of clothes as representations of people is strengthened. The internal and the external link between artworks and exhibition space is akin to clothing and the human body. These static and walking clothes compose this non-stop exhibition. Entering the store in the day allows for one to imagine the actions carried on at night—the devil, unseen, operating in the dark.

 

In an era of heightened commercialism, it is preferable to imagine people owning clothes rather than being dynamic mannequins for clothes. Clothes are not only functional products but also semiotic carriers of meaning. Those meanings reflect the complicated motives of consumers, who drive the gears of production for new clothes. This process is host to numerous stories of the devil walking on land at night. This project is curated by You Yang, Deputy Director of UCCA.


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