Download “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017” press release.
About the Exhibition
“The New Normal” is organized by UCCA curators Guo Xi, Yang Zi, Alvin Li, and Wenfei Wang working with UCCA Director Philip Tinari. Li Hu/OPEN Architecture are the exhibition architects.
The exhibition has been made possible with the lighting technology support of Hongri Lighting. Exclusive audio support is provided by GENELEC. Shanghai HeLu Culture Communication Co., Ltd. is the new media art production partner. The exhibition is generously supported by Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig, Linyao Kiki Liu, and the Zeng Fanzhi Foundation for Art and Education. Special support comes from Towering Capital (toweringcapital.cn) and Zhao Xu. YT CREATIVE MEDIA is the lead media partner. Exhibition-related public programs are sponsored by West Bund Art & Design. Cc Foundation is the publication sponsor. Artist project sponsorship comes from ARTCARE. Li Huina provided sponsorship for the educational programs. Exhibition-related merchandise sponsorship comes from YIYO. The exhibition is supported by United Art Consultancy, Vanguard Gallery, MadeIn Gallery, Don Gallery, Magician Space, LEO XU PROJECTS, White Space Beijing, PIFO Gallery, HDM Gallery, de Sarthe Gallery, and Zhang Yuling & Tim Crowley. Insurance support comes from AXA Art Insurance. Airfare is supported by Wokee and Hi Guides. JMGO provided support for video equipment. Headphone support comes from Sudio AB. Hotel support comes from Tangram Beijing Yan Xiang Hotel. The exhibition opening events partners are Château la Commanderie Pomerol, Maison FLO Beijing & FLO Prestige, and Jing-A Brewing Co. Didi Premium is the exclusive transportation partner.
About the Curators
Philip Tinari has served as director of UCCA since late 2011. In his five-year tenure, he has mounted more than sixty exhibitions and organized a wide range of public programs and development activities. Prior to joining UCCA, he was founding editor of LEAP, the internationally distributed, bilingual art magazine published by the Modern Media Group. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, having previously served as founding editor of that magazine’s online Chinese edition, artforum.com.cn. Tinari was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and to the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in 2016. He holds degrees from Duke and Harvard is currently a D.Phil. candidate in art history at Oxford. He is co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe, of the exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” which opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in October 2017.
Guo Xi joined UCCA in 2014 and is currently the center’s curator. A member of UCCA’s Exhibition Department, Guo Xi has rich experience in curation, management, and coordination. She graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in art museum studies in 2014. She served as assistant curator for a diverse range of exhibitions, including “Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours,” “New Directions: Nadim Abbas,” and “John Gerrard: Power.Play” in 2016; “Liu Wei: Colors” in 2015; and “Polit-Sheer-Form: Fitness for All” in 2014.
Yang Zi received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies from Nanjing University and is currently a publications and exhibitions coordinator for UCCA. Yang Zi has worked in art criticism and curation for nearly ten years, starting with his participation in the YCCA project at UCCA in 2008, which introduced him to art criticism and writing. Prior to joining UCCA, Yang Zi was an editor of LEAP, and he has written extensively for a range of publications, including LEAP, Artforum China, Art Bank, and Art Time, among others. He acted as executive editor on a series of UCCA catalogues, including Wang Yin: The Gift, Liu Wei: Colors, Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production, and Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours. His curatorial projects include “La Chair” (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016) and “Secret Chamber” (am Art Space, Shanghai, 2016).
Alvin Li is the English editor of UCCA. He studied philosophy at Connecticut College and has been working as a writer and translator since 2013. Particularly interested in gender variance and queerness, as well as their implications for community practices and social relations, Li has been organizing queer film festivals, monthly screenings, and community-oriented events in Shanghai for three years. Prior to joining UCCA, he worked as an editor of LEAP. He is a regular contributor to a range of publications, including Frieze, ArtReview Asia, Ocula, Randian, Artforum China, and others.
Wenfei Wang received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing University. She specializes in visual theory and is particularly dedicated to interdisciplinary research methods. She is a regular contributor to Artforum China, LEAP, China Art Weekly, Art Monthly, Ray Sight, and Southern Weekend, among others. Wang is also a prolific translator who has worked on titles such as Démocratie, dans quel état? (SASS Press, 2015), and The Virtual Window (forthcoming). She is the co-author of World Film Locations: Shanghai (Intellect, 2014.)
About OPEN Architecture
OPEN Architecture is an international team of architects, designers, and collaborators from a range of different disciplines. Their practice includes urban design, architecture, interior design, and the production of strategies in the context of the new challenges of our time. Founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing in New York, OPEN established a Beijing office in 2008. Completed and ongoing projects include the Garden School/Beijing No. 4 High School, Fangshan Campus; Gehua Youth and Cultural Center; Pingshan Performing Arts Center, Shenzhen; and West Bund Oil Tank Art Park, Shanghai. OPEN has been widely recognized for their innovative works. Recent accolades include Interior Design’s Best of the Year Award, 2016, winner; London Design Museum’s Design of the Year, 2015, nomination; World Architecture Awards for Chinese Architecture, 2014, winner; China Architecture Media Awards, 2012, winner; as well as invitations to participate in international exhibitions such as the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2015; and the Venice Biennale, 2014.
Aluminum basin, turbo water gun, syringe, bronze, wooden umbrella handle, stainless steel, hemp rope, disposable carpet, wooden staircase, rolling gate, hanger, belt
Office table, file cabinet, plant, single-channel digital video, color, sound
Two-channel video, light box, found objects
Styrofoam, metal boards, paint, metal steel frames, sponge pads
150 x 220 cm x 7；200 x 100 x 120 cm x 4；100 x 200 x 49 cm x 4
Courtesy the artist and HDM Gallery
Multi-channel video, wallpaper
Aluminum, spray paint, video, found objects
Site-specific installation, mixed media
11'26''; 8'34'' ; 8'34''
Site-specific installation, mixed media
Computers, monitors, steel frames
250 x 38.5 x 31.5 cm
Courtesy Pifo Gallery
Four-channel video installation
22'; 23'; 10'; 21'
Multi-channel HD video, color, sound
Color pencils on paper
47 x 68 cm x 15
Courtesy Art Jameel Collection
Digital video projected vertically, color, sound
Five-channel video, mixed-media installation
Mixed media, acrylic trays, polymer resin, aluminum structure, custom hardware
304.8 x 274.3 x 38.1 cm
Courtesy the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Full HD video, stereo sound
Courtesy the artist and Magician Space
29 x 13.2 x 47.8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Don Gallery
31.1 x 28.5 x 50 cm
217 x 85 cm
Courtesy the artist and de Sarthe Gallery