策展语 / Curatorial Statement
There is a poem in the “Kaili Blues”.
一月 二月 三月 四月
The Winter months are: November, December
January, February, March and April.
When your body is exposed to my light
Reunion is a darkroom.
This is my first exhibition after I officially came back to Xiamen. My 10 years abroad for study is also the “explosive” period for Xiamen. As far as I’m concerned, this exhibition is quite “selfish” for most of the creation of artworks are based on my personal memories, purely describing memory-relevant derivatives.
I try to exert past creation logic on these artworks themed as Xiamen. The whole creation process bears resemblance to some local projects I have done abroad. I stroll slowly in the city, observing it with different perspectives and ideas. The process is even objective and dispassionate. (May have relations with my study period in Germany) However, the creation experience this time is somewhat intriguing. Xiamen is the city that I was born and grew up. I fail to be completely unaffected by emotion during my observation. So I just simply indulge memories flash over and over again in my brain. I passively accept the sense of conflict, which consists of the constant crossover between new scene at present and the past memories in brain. It is just like the “explosive” night view lights up every night on schedule in Xiamen.
“我在百度厦门夜景 me Baiduing Xiamen night view”
Seeing through my window, there is a gap among buildings, via which can exactly observe the “Xiamen Center” from opposite Haicang District. I was shocked when I first saw it, since it has perfectly matched with my past shooting content. (Only in the reverse concept) Every night before sleep, I subconsciously look at it for a few times. However, I find the “work” destroyed after the Chinese characters of “Xiamen Center” have been projected on it, leaving me with the sense of helplessness.
“在白天观察厦门中心 Observe the Xiamen center during the day”
Therefore, I would like to take “light,” which with great texture and temperature of daily care, as the clue of this exhibition. As I always say, my memories about Xiamen has been “frozen” to ten years ago. For me, condensing the development of Xiamen night view into the process lasts for a few minutes is like overlooking the following things from the upper air: landscape light around the Yuandang Lake, night view from the opposite Haicang District, exterior wall decoration of Conference and Exhibition Center, Wuyuan Bay etc. I feel excited the instant that the night view has been lighted up one after another. Usually, “light” contains religiousness and spirit. But this time I hope the “light” in the work is ordinary and daily.
Shooting the Yanwu Bridge and surrounded by the salty sea breeze, I would like to transform some specific scenes into work anyhow. But I tried scores of times and still felt unsatisfactory. Most of my works have been predetermined in my brain, hence the existence of failure in realizing it during the process. However, this is a really interesting process. So I might present this “failing” work in this exhibition in another form. It occurred to me my sea shooting experience in Holland: The sea breeze blew my fingers to gradual stiffness. The annoying drizzle began to drop. The lens was covered by water vapor, so I had to wipe the filter with tissue directly regardless of its harm on it. In spite of this, I still couldn’t give up and leave. I sheltered in a café beside the sea and it was still raining after half an hour.
Apart from my works, I also invite three friends who also loves art to complete this exhibition together. The works include poetry, painting and objects. We share some similar experience with each other. For instance, I meet WANG Xie through my friend. We have similar hobbies of music and character. I’m more like a character appreciator and he as a real creator. The second person is DONG Shanshan, whose passion and patience for painting arouse my admiration. (Hope her cat don’t always make trouble during her painting process) The last person is YANG Xujing, who shares the similar experience with me that we have both studied abroad for years and finally come back to Xiamen. We found a piece of test paper from her old high school bag by chance. The contents and memories carried by the paper might thicker than the words or images can explain. Thus in the end, we decided to take this object as a work to present completely in exhibition.
相较于以往传统的展览形式，我希望这次的展览，作品能表现得更现实更有力，带给观者的是更沉浸式的观展体验。生活中有很多看起来并不重要的小事，让我想接着延展开来——虽然这在别人眼中可能毫无意义。我希望这些作品是平静的，直接的。每个观看这些影像的观众，能够在面对影像本身的时候得到一些直观的体验，尽管可能是碎片化的、潜意识的。观者看到的，都是我直接表达出来的。更甚，我鼓励一种且称为“看过”的状态，如果能跟作品产生共鸣，得到的情绪自然也会与作品甚至是我产生连接。观者不应该该被艺术家束缚，反而在理解作品的时候，有自己的权力。（可能是我过分喜欢John Baldessari的Choosing Green Beans）
Comparing to the past traditional exhibition forms, I hope the work of this exhibition can present more realistically and powerfully so as to bring immersive visiting experience for visitors. Some insignificant things in life drive me to extend further, though it is meaningless to other people. I wish these works are dispassionate and direct. Visitors who watch these images and videos can obtain some intuitionistic experience in front of it, despite it might be fragmented and subconscious. What the visitors see is the direct explanation from me. Furthermore, I encourage a condition called “have seen.” If visitors can resonate with works, the obtained emotion will naturally connect with the works and even me. Visitors should not be constrained by artists. Instead, they will possess individual power in understanding the work. (May because of my obsession with John Baldessari’s Choosing Green Beans)
我不擅长言语表达，但是作为策展我还是需要多少写点文字。大概这是作为艺术爱好者的一点侥幸，我不用对我的文章形式过多纠结。我甚至用第一人称记录，在这个特定的展览中，我必须把我自己放大，我觉得这很重要。记忆是私有财产，在回忆这些创作过程的点滴之中，我也与各位分享了很多原本属于自己内心的独白。让我用James Turrell的一句话作为结语，因为我从他的作品中得到了这次展览标题“about together we shine”的灵感
“Everyone has a light in them and we come together to find that light in us again and again” —— James Turrell
I’m not so good at verbal expressions, but as a curator I still have to write something. It might be the fluke as an art lover that I don’t have to worry too much about my article format. I even write in the first person. In this specific exhibition, I must amplify myself and it is vital to do so. Memory is private property. Through recalling my creation process, I also share with you the interior monologue deep inside. Let me conclude my statement with a saying by James Turrell, from whose work I obtain the inspiration of title for this exhibition “About Together We Shine.” “Everyone has a light in them and we come together to find that light in us again and again”
—— James Turrell