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July 17, 2018 to August 26, 2018


The Department of Art & Art History in conjunction with the Guangdong Museum of Art, presents, Image—Script, on view July 17 - August 26, 2018 with a reception on Thursday, July 19, 5-7pm, and gallery talk by the curator at 6pm. This exhibiton, including project faculty director Xiaoze Xie, and curator Lu Zihua, features selected works from the video collection of the Guangdong Museum of Art. Artists include Cai Hui, Cao Fei, Huang Xiaopeng, Jiang Zhi, Liang Juhui, Ou Ning, Wang Shaoqiang, Zhou Tao.

Based on a storyline. The moment when visitors step into the exhibition, the story unveils itself. The storyline is loosely formed by texts that are a response to, or inspired by the video works exhibited. Different from conventional interpretive texts seen on museum labels, each fictive or poetic “script” is meant to create an interesting dialogue with a corresponding video or photographic work. The storyline will function as a thread running through many seemingly unrelated works. This exhibition includes a series of video works produced in Guangdong Province of Southern China, while the “scripts” also tell stories happened in the Pearl River Delta. The experimental exhibition attempts to create the "theatricality" by combining literature and art. The exhibited works are connected through a story and constitute an organic whole, the purpose of which is to explore the dialogue, or mental space between images and texts, making an exhibition a new literary form and generating different interpretations on the collected works in a new context.

The exhibition is a selective survey of the video collection of the Guangdong Museum of Art. Ten videos full of regional characteristics are selected from the collection, including videos and photographs taken by Liang Juhui and Chen Shaoxiong, members of the "Big Tail Elephant" group. Other works spanning from the late 1990s to now by new generation video artists including Jiang Zhi, Cao Fei, Zhou Hao and Hu Xiang, Zhou Tao and Cai Hui are also exhibited. Among these artists, some of them are social observers who keep recording while remaining calm and restrained, some are performers who have invested themselves in the intervention of public spaces with their own bodies, and others are practitioners who project their artistic ideas and attitudes through the use of video. Guangdong, the earliest experimental base for reform and opening up in China, gave birth to a new art with a different perspective of this particular region. It involves a wide range of topics and forms, and is highly innovative and closely related to the spirit of Guangdong as the vanguard of reform and opening up. The exhibition attempts to explore the contemporary art of Guangdong represented by individual artists in different periods.

This exhibition is sponsored by Guangdong Museum of Art, and Zeng Ming Family Fund for Contemporary Chinese Art

Image: Zhou Tao, After Reality, 2013. Single channel HD video, 16:9, color, with sound, 14min20sec. Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.

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