BAD NEW DAYS AHEAD
BAD NEW DAYS AHEAD
2017.12.30 - 2018.2.10
Opening 2017.12.30 16:00
CURATORS: HAN Liya、LI Beike、LI Boyan
ARTISTS: FAN Xi, GAO Yu, HU Qingtai, JIANG Zhuyun, LAO Jiahui, LI Tingwei, MAO Tao, SUN Cunming, YE Su
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: TANG Xin
星期二至星期六 10:30 - 17:30
Red No.1-B2, Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing, CHINA
Opening hours: 10:30 - 17:30, Tuesday to Saturday
As the annual report of Taikang New Generation Curator Program, this exhibition, “Bad New Days Ahead” is co-curated by HAN Liya, LI Beike and LI Boyan. The three young curators have worked and collaborated with one another to integrate and share their different ideas, experience and expectations of art altogether.
To some extent, this exhibition goes forward along the cooperative mode and direction initiated during the exhibition “Towards the Emergence of Resistance” one year ago. Moreover, it opens up more flexibility for subjectivity, conversation and exploration of space. By organizing exhibitions, seminars, publication activities once a year and even more frequently, Taikang New Generation Curator Program is continuously breaking new ground in its status and vision. As for “Bad New Days Ahead”, we attempt to stimulate multiple and mutual connections among curators, between curators and artists, and among the audience, the space, the institution or even the state of art creation. With an experimental and reflective mind, we hope to reinvent our understanding of the whole art system and art ecology.
The winter solstice has just passed. For people living in the northern hemisphere, the longest night of the year has come to an end. However, the regional conflicts and even wars, unpredictable natural disasters, disquieting public crisis and affairs are still continuing, making it quite hard to simply welcome the future with peace and ease. The turns of day and night, the cycle of four seasons, the changes of time...all these seemingly stable and basic rules have been overwhelmed by the noise of a kind of endless acceleration and irregular variation. We are faced with a future filled with uncertainty. This future could no longer offer a promise of progressivism nor inherit the legacy of optimism. At this risky moment, all the imagination and experience we have seem to fall into a state of anxiety. On one hand, it is a sign to show that our body and mind are going through more thorough and intense exploitation and depletion. On the other hand, the expanding field and the intensity itself are also opening up the gate of new perception manners, historical consciousness, sensitivity and aesthetics – behind which a new kind of subjectivity is becoming alive. Therefore, as the theme of this exhibition, the title “Bad New Days Ahead” actually indicates the arrival of a certain critical state by presenting a blurred yet strong vision through the alternating between darkness and light of our era.
If considering the system of art production– presentation (taking the form of exhibitions as an example) as a game that goes on in a specific space under specific rules and restricted by its inner motivation, then the exhibition “Bad New Days Ahead” is a case trying to experiment with the border, even though under realistic interventions and the limitation of the external conditions, via the collaboration and negotiation among individuals. The future could no longer take granted from the past. The expectation for tomorrow could no longer be the basis for taking actions together. A new aesthetic-political plan is still on its way. Why, then, not including everything – the three curators, the artists, the artworks of each artist created under their own condition, the temporary connections formed during the working process, and the institutional space holding all these relations – as the important experimental subjects of this exhibition? By constructing a temporary, imaginary, experimental “institution”, both the curators and the artists can have the chance to redefine their own position and potential. They attempt to get rid of their ordinary way of creation, turning towards the present and the future to make an impromptu response or imagination, to take a flight to run away, to declare the suspension of a conclusion. On this point, “Bad New Days Ahead” is never a doomsday prophecy. Quite the opposite, by presenting all kinds of introspective artworks and art practice, it is a revealing of our common depletion, repetition and tiredness, yet a hint to the loneliness, anxiety as well as the momentary happiness of being a human.
“Bad New Days Ahead”, right where we all live together.
HAN Liya, art critic and curator. In 2015 she graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thought at the China Academy of Art and was awarded a master's degree. She is also the co-founder of the research space called Salt Projects.
LI Beike, art critic and curator. She received a master's degree in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University London and another master's degree in Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is currently a PhD student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibitions independently curated by her include “The Staged Club” and “Accessing the Memory”, etc.
LI Boyan, independent curator. In 2006 he graduated from the Chinese Painting Department at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. In 2012 he established the non-profit art institution called Space Regeneration Projects. Exhibitions curated by him include: “DeconstructingBuyology - Remaking to Resist in an Age of Consumption”, “Duàncéng Zàizào”, “Moshang Experiment - <Portrait of Tito>”, “Old New Stand”, “ISBN: 9787214056061”, “Trio”, “To the Lighthouse”, etc.