Your Life, My Dream
Artist: Jiu Society (Fang Di, Ji Hao, Jin Haofan)
Vernissage: January 14th, 16:00-19:00, 2020
Duration: 2020/1/14- 2020/3/29
Venue: Room 204, Bldg 4A, 50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 21 52522551
As the beginning of the new year, Vanguard Gallery is presenting Jiu Society’s solo exhibition Your Life, My Dream on January 14th. The exhibition will last until March 29th, 2020. Jiu Society is a collective of three artists who grew up and currently work in Shenzhen. Their artistic practice often explores urban migration, focusing on the development of visual culture and renovation of cities and communities. Their work is in search of a balance between collective memory and city branding, and further, investigates the contradiction of social relations and microeconomic structures based on the so-called urban identity.
This exhibition “Your Life…” is the first part of Jiu Society’s new project “Your Life, My Dream” that they are currently developing – inspired and prefaced by the “Great Escape” from mainland China through where Shenzhen presently stands, before the country’s Reform and Opening Up, a history orally passed down from the older generation. With a multimedia installation and live performances, “Your Life…” presents a scene of a police chase on the water at the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border in the form of a live studio shoot. The actors, dancers, artists, and the audience will all play different roles that have a tension of opposites from one another. This exhibition positions as a play, a rehearsal, a party, and a reflection of reality and fate. Installation work “Good Things Happen” is inspired by famous advertisement pitch line“Good things happen to those who share Remy Martin” by Remy Martin back in the 90s. A western noble temperament was thus imported along the brand: individual vicissitudes under the Opening and Reform Policy has endowed Remy Martin with more meanings such as “good things”, including luck in love life, windfalls, promotion, or simply being lucky. It is auspicious, catchy, and also a statement of social class.
About the Artist
Definition of the word ‘Jiu’: a sound, one of animals, insects or birds.
Jiu Society considers themselves an experimental product of Reform and Opening Up, and also sons of the “dispersed culture.” In the name of nonsensical hedonism, despite occasional anxieties and doubts, Jiu feels very good. So, they tried to make themselves heard, by making an uncertain and small sound, Jiu. The group consists of three members, Fang Di, Ji Hao and Jin Haofan. The three young artists were all born and raised as a new generation of Shenzhen citizens in this city of migrants. Shenzhen, to them, is no longer what it was to their parents – a place to make money. They gather in Shenzhen, this city of their own, and to observe it from their own perspective. Recent exhibitions include: Lost in Shenzhen, the Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK (2019 solo exhibition); HOT FLOWS – Pearl River Delta Arts Retrospective in Macau， Post – Ox Warehouse Experimental Site, Macau, China (2019); Shanghai Biennale: Proregress, Shanghai, China (2018); Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen, China (2017); GAS STATION Ⅸ: dà qǐ dà luò, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2017 duo exhibition).