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Emerging artists given stage to shine THE K11 Art Foundation is collaborating with Leo Xu Projects for the exhibition “Cinematheque.” It features two separate but linked exhibits — “In the Waves” by Chen Wei and “Music is On, Band is Gone” by Cheng Ran.

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THE K11 Art Foundation is collaborating with Leo Xu Projects for the exhibition “Cinematheque.” It features two separate but linked exhibits — “In the Waves” by Chen Wei and “Music is On, Band is Gone” by Cheng Ran.

Chen and Cheng are two emerging young artists who have frequently been invited to showcase their work at art museums and biennales around the world.

Born in 1980 in Zhejiang Province, Chen now lives and works in Beijing. His projects are known for their manipulation of cinematic language and for their intricately crafted settings.

For this show, K11 has designed the exhibit to resemble the unique spatial sphere of a lounge bar or dance club, and will be based on two themes: the space itself and the people enclosed within it.

The ways in which local youth achieve self-expression and spiritual liberation through popular culture will be portrayed in detail.

To realize these visions, Chen re-imagined and recreated an idealized bar and dancing space, then photographed the entire setting.

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Mocking cliches

The K11 exhibition hall has been transformed into a dreamlike space resembling a bar and dance club that evokes truth and authenticity.

The flashing lights and elusive shadows of the dance floor have been enhanced and enlarged to represent and mock what cliché’d high literature likes to denounce as the “Mecca” of popular youth culture.

Born in 1981 in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Cheng graduated from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou.

This exhibition shows Cheng’s 2014 video installation “Always I Trust,” which received great critical acclaim internationally.

This project involves the transformation of erotically enticing, strangely worded spam mail into numerous video recordings performed by actress Carina Lau.

Her confession-like interpretation, a dancing figure passing through many different spatial spheres and domains, and a futuristic, fictional representation of the city of Shanghai, all fuse into “Mail,” an installation that is both a utopian film and a romantic play.

The title “Music is On, Band is Gone” encapsulates what Cheng has striven to represent since 2010, by using video images and installations inspired by music and shows.

 

Date: Through May 31, 10:am-7pm

 

Address: 300 Huaihai Rd M.

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