The show reveals the personal journeys of five female artists over the last 30 years of dramatic change in China. The varied narratives of each woman artist are presented through their works ranging from video and installation to photography and painting.
Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong announced today its next exhibition, ‘Dust from the Heart’, which reveals the personal journeys of five female artists over the last 30 years of dramatic change in China. Opening to the public on Wednesday 12 September the varied narratives of each woman artist are presented through their works ranging from video and installation to photography and painting. The exhibition aims to explore each of their reactions to life in the unique historical, social and cultural context of contemporary China. (Press previews: Tuesday 11 September).
‘Dust from the Heart’ presents:
Xiao Lu: Born in 1962, one of the early rebels of Chinese art, Xiao Lu shot to fame after she fired a loaded gun at her work Dialogue in China’s first institutional government-sponsored exhibition of experimental art ‘China Avant/Garde’ in Beijing in 1989. Xiao Lu’s works are generally performance-based and a direct response to her life, romances and her emotions.
Juju Sun: Born in 1973, the Juju Sun’s abstract landscapes are composed of vibrant colours, forms and patterns, in celebration of mother nature, the cycle of life and the seasons, of procreation, beauty and woman as mother and protector.
He Chengyao: Born in 1964, controversial performance artist He Chengyao’s inspiration is drawn from her perceived place in society and belief that sexual disparity, discrimination in social status and the traditional sexual division of labour are important social issues
Cui Xiuwen: Born in 1970, the artist’s haunting videos and photography analyse the status of women in modern China, cultural and sexual stereotyping and the functions of this.
Cai Jin: Born in 1965, the artist’s drawings, paintings and installations revolve around themes of feminine sexuality and fertility – a motif she has used since 1991 is the leaf of a plant called meirenjiao, with meiren meaning beautiful woman – as well as human fragility, death and decay.
The exhibition title references the Chinese proverb Yi Chen Bu Ran / 一塵不染 literally meaning “dustfree” and commonly used to describe an individual free from anguish, grief and suffering. By exploring each artist’s different paths and what constitutes “dust” in their hearts, the exhibition aims to broaden the dialogue on the complicated history of women in China alongside historical, political and cultural realities.
Pearl Lam, founder of Pearl Lam Galleries said, “These five artists each come from varying family backgrounds and demonstrate in their own manner how women artists are willing to openly put forward their own personal sensibilities and experiences. I am thrilled to be presenting their works – providing an exceptional insight into the workings of female artists in China today, where their journeys reflect the economic, social, and political changes throughout Chinese history. I believe it will stir great interest in all who visit the exhibition.”
An accompanying catalogue will include essays by Melissa Chiu, Zhu Qi, Philip Dodd and Gao Minglu, each providing a further exploration of art and womanhood in China.
Image: Xiao Lu, 15 Gunshots (1989-2003), 15 photographs each 100 x 45 cm.
Vanessa Trento, Pearl Lam Galleries, firstname.lastname@example.org / +8621 6323 1989
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Press Previews: Tuesday 11 September 2012
Opening: 12 September – 11 October 2012
Pearl Lam Galleries, 601-605, 6/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central Hong Kong
Pearl Lam Galleries
601-605, 6/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, HK