ARTISTS AND PARTICIPANTS: HUANG Jingyuan, LI Shuang, United Motion, MA Qiusha, Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, Mountain River Jump!, Writing Mothers, ZHANG Ran, ZHANG Sirui
SPACE DESIGNER: LI Juchuan
READING LIST: Folded room
CURATOR: LI Jia
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: TANG Xin
“Genders Engender” will combine various forms of exhibitions, forums, workshops and publications altogether, to organize discussions and performances around the issues of gender. Focusing on gender studies and practices that take place nowadays or have impacts on social recognition of gender disparity, it attempts to create a platform for display, a space for conversation, even a workshop for production for these plural discourses through curating an exhibition. It embraces and welcomes participants from every field and every community, expecting to open up a broader sight of view, to build up more diverse connections.
“Genders Engender” is not an exhibition presenting “feminist art” or “art of the women artists”, nor providing any definition or producing the tags based on identity. We believe that the gender identity is a kind of symptom or phenomenon, rather than the cause or standard, that need us to read and understand. Equally, it is not the similarity of the temperament, the theme or the method that link these works and performances together. The inner connection is a perspective to view gender which has already become a part of his/her/their perception, thinking and creation. It is the latter that makes us decide what kind of life to identify, to choose, and what a common future to face.
Taikang Space commissioned 11 artists (groups) from around China to create works for this exhibition. The works include traditional photography, installation, videos, multimedia and performances, as well as engaging or interactive programs, social investigation and archives. Part of the exhibition space will be used for continuous workshops as an organic section of the exhibition which will grow and expand with its proceeding. There will be three forums after the opening ceremony. Taikang Space will invite researchers, creators and practitioners to share their gender expressions about writing, photographing and social practice.