"chuan men" - "Visit the Friend’s House"
This is the third time that the Austro Sino Arts Program organizes a contemporary art show in Beijing, the first was "mifan" in 2009, then "dabao" in 2010 with more than 30,000 visitors in a month. In 2011, twenty Austrian artists +5 show their works in China for the first time in the frame of a group show. In this year’s exhibition, ASAP is including works of artists from other countries – "+5" – from Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Cambodia, Indonesia, the USA and Australia.
Most of the works in this year’s exhibition have been created by the artists during their stay in China and other artists created their works out of local contexts, with history and today’s society. These works are studies, drafted in each artist's individual language.
This year’s exhibition will offer insights into the works of following 27 artists:
Thomas Weber Carlsen and Jan Krogsgaard will present their videos, Khmer Rouge people speak their minds and feelings; Elisabeth Czihak has captured in her photos the remains of demolished buildings and juxtaposes them to strict geometric drawings inspired by the "endless line" of Chinese windows; Irene Dapunt's large paintings are full of private metaphors and messages; Michael Downs digital collages are strong colorful patterns made with today’s tools; Georg Frauenschuh collects and draws his ideas about the unknown and what he will paint, build and understand in the future; Bernhard Gwiggner sequences the Tao doctrine in hundreds of drawings, and translates it into a Western language; Richard Hoeck's materials come straight out of shopping windows, he turns the usual views, the desires of commodity dreams upside down; Barbara Anna Husar enlarges China’s mythical creatures of the past in her big paintings on rice bags; Eline Jongsman and Kel O’Neill document the bizarre living remains of past empires; Stephan Koeperl and Sylvia Winkler have chosen pharmacies for their musical stage, they sing and a mobile phone is their instrument; Sylvia Kummer's drawings and writings on leather skins are like traces, rolled, becoming sculptures from an unknown tribe; Roberta Lima's is a CCTV's video, traveling the space of her privacy; Meta House will show the life of women workers in Cambodia in 4 short movies ; Christine Pellikan, inspired by traditional Chinese art techniques, uses in her rolling pictures paper and ink in her own way; Ella Raidel embarked on a research into Chinese soap operas as a sociopolitical space; Tom Schneider will show a short movie decoding his view of the locality; Christian Schwarzwald constructs a wooden wall and enlarges the notion of frame and image; Ulrike Sladek’s text and audio work accompany the crystal clear photos of Andrea Witzmann; Maria Tupay Duque's drawings are emotional scores where she translates music and motion; Uebermorgen pick up on virtual craftsmanship being either exploited in prisons or in dark video game caves, building virtual fighting gear for online gamers; Ugo Untoro's - drawings show, the masking and unmasking anima - (animus), similar to the traditional Javanese book of Centhini, which does surprisingly write about human essential desires, beside religious rituals; Heru Agus - large photographs show, like beans maintained there form and function, lasting their (r)evolution from the beginning of the human civilization till now and Helmut Schaefer's, music, sounds, noises which scratching consequently the surface of body and mind, in his past Beijing performances.
Twenty Austrian artists lived in China, became accommodated to habits and rituals, memorized and translated this into videos, movies, drawings, sculptures, photographs, texts, concepts of their artistic expression. For some it was a momentary configuration, for others a live changing experience.
Location: Amelie Gallery, 798 Art District, No.2 Jiu Xian Qiao road, Beijing
Duration: from 22.October 22 to November 9, 2011
Publication: a 220 page catalogue will be published
Contact: beijing(at)austrosinoartsprogram.org / T: 13439780763
For more please visit the official homepage: http://www.austrosinoartsprogram.org/
For digital catalog please visit here.