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[Exhibition]this is not here

2021-01-12AtrsVisits:
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this is not here
 
Artist: 
TóngTongxī | Xue Haoze | Yin Hui
 
Opening:
2021.1.16 14:00—18:00
Duration:
2021.1.16—2021.2.27

In the mist of morning dawn and the chirping sound of birds, land our sights on a white house named "THIS IS NOT HERE" in the English countryside. John Lennon was singing in front of a white piano glinting under the sunlight:
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Imagine all the people living life in peace (You…)
You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one”
I hope someday you'll join us
and the world will be as one
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In this white space, John Lennon expressed his imagination about “love” and “freedom” through his music. Borrowing Lennon’s idea, this group exhibition “this is not here” showcases the art practices of three young artists, TongTongxi, Xue Haoze, and Yin hui in the early stages of their artistic careers. It creates space for viewers to imagine their future art practices.


Xue Haoze
Balloon Balloon

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 Balloon Ballon
 Screenshot

 
In our universe, from about 9,500BC to 8,500BC, Homo sapiens began the agricultural revolution and gradually embarked on what is known as the "road of rapid development". The agricultural revolution has made humankind more confident of being the Earth's overlord, but most individuals are no happier or happier for it. Since then, humankind has embarked on an unstoppable path of "unnatural" development.
 
Animation experiences the development of human history in a universe from the perspective of a balloon. The balloon passed through crucial points of fire, wheat, faith, technology, and so on. The balloon is a spectator, just like you and me on screen, and it doesn't change anything. A series of questions inspired the creation of the animation. Are men on the moon any greater than those who hunt for prey in the wilderness? Human beings in the 21st century have created countless possibilities, but have they become more possible? Human beings are always "striving,” but will tomorrow really be better? There is no answer in the animation, and no one knows. But sometimes, the question itself is the answer.
 
The inspiration for the animation came from Yuval Noah Harari: A Brief History of Humankind. Based on fictional stories, the animation attempts to explore problems that existed in our 'real' world. This work focuses more on "connection" than "expression" and should not be confused with our reality.

 Xue Haoze
Xue Haoze is currently studying at the School of Visual Arts and living in New York City. 
 
 
TóngTongxī
My Body, My Choice

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No UTERUS, NO RIGHTS.
 Mixed Material Installation
2019
©sayingsy


This project My Body, My Choice was initiated in May 2019 when several US states had passed laws that ban abortion (Appendix: May 7, 2019, the "Heartbeat Bill" HB481 signed by the Governor of Georgia). The name of this series came from protest slogans of women fighting for their rights on the streets all over the world after the bill was promulgated. This series includes mixed material installations, garments, and digital prints.
 
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My Body, My Choice
2019
 Digital Print


Before the digital prints My Body, My Choice were made, I did a performance on the street. Letting myself in a compressed vacuum bag in a pregnant woman's posture, I experienced suffocation. Hearing nothing but my heartbeats, I was hoping to get the near-death experience of giving birth. Experimenting on the street was my attempt to feel the pressure from the public’s gaze and abreact my anger to the way how some parts of the society treat women as “commodities” and “tools”. At last, turning my figure from the performance to a simplified 3D character, I did digital prints to portray the countless illusions that occurred during the suffocation.
 
TóngTongxī
Graduated from Luxun Art Institution.
Currently studies at Central Saint Martins in the UK.  
 
 
Yin Hui
Magical Imagination 
 
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Our Time
2020
Feather wings, colored fuzz balls, flower stickers
63x31cm

 
Huashengyuan Golden Cake Dream Kingdom is a popular theme amusement park in Chongqing,China and also on social media. It is well known because of the MV "Magic Castle" of a famous Chinses idol group TFBOYS. It also serves as a local wedding shooting location and sightseeing with the theme of "Dream Castle" and "Fairy Tale". As one of the research samples of Chinese local amusement parks, there are a large number of novel wild landscapes in such amusement parks. Blend architecture, rough imitation, and mixed styles with Chinese and Western, full of impulsive and naive imaginations of a good life, but using an extremely savage and free way to realize. Although this kind of landscape is not fresh to the public today, it is necessary and interesting for me to conduct aesthetic research on this wild landscape. I don't want to be a porter of the landscape or reappearing the   landscape with a curious attitude from reality, but try to extract nutrients from it, and reorganize and deconstruct the image of this kind of landscape in its own unique visual way.
 
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Happy Island
2020
Plastic turf, cold strip, plastic fake flowers
35x24.5cm


 Yin Hui
Graduated from the Experimental Art Institute of Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts with a master's degree in 2020.
Currently lives and works in Chongqin.
 
 
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