Tang Contemporary Art is proud to present
Jennifer Wen Ma solo exhibition: Cry Joy Park - Fold
Opening: October 27, 2018
Duration: October 27 - December.25, 2018
Tang Contemporary Art 1st Gallery Space
D06, 798 Art District, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang Dist, Beijing, China
Tang Contemporary Art is proud to announce its first collaboration with internationally renowned artist Jennifer Wen Ma. Solo exhibition Cry Joy Park–––Fold opens on October 27, 2018, in Tang Contemporary’s First Space in Beijing. Stemming out of installation opera Paradise Interrupted, this series of new iconic work explores the notion of paradise and utopia. The exhibition features two newly commissioned works, two video installations and a multi-media painting installation. Xiaoyu Weng, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, contributes a critical essay that surveys the artist’s recent works. The artist will join Weng at The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art on October 28 for a discussion about the exhibition and the body of work that led up to it.
Cry Joy Park, the latest series of work by Jennifer Wen Ma, examines the value systems that humans create when building civilizations. These systems are often composed of opposing forces that are difficult to reconcile and balance. The formation of a society requires the contributions of a large workforce, yet the resulting benefits are too frequently enjoyed by a select few. This unjust system is just one example of how our society does not include all of its members in the very premise of the paradise they strive to build. In this series of visually stunning work, contrasting black and white paper gardens invite the audience into an imagined utopian or dystopian landscape to explore issues of social inequality, wealth disparity, social participation, welfare, and personal empowerment, among others.