Vanguard Gallery is pleased to present Jiū Society’s ongoing art project “Snow White & Her Seven Friends” at ART SG, Booth RE07, from 11th through 15th January 2023. Subsequent to the project’s first instalment at Studio Concrete, Seoul, 2022, Jiū Society endows “Snow White & Her Seven Friends” with a more diverse and distinctive manifestation in Art SG, which involves a mix of media including site-specific installations, paintings and videos.
Snow White & Her Seven Friends（Carpet）
New Zealand wool, cotton silk ｜250 x 250 cm｜2022
The project took its title from the 1955 Hong Kong musical comedy Suit Koo Chup Yew (Snow White & Her Seven Friends) which was loosely structured around the characters of the 1937 Disney animation Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The 1955 film was essentially a piece of social criticism disguised as a family and love story in which the well-raised heroine escaped malice from her family for love with the help of seven peasants. The Hong Kong production took a Western love story and transformed it into a satire of the then British colony’s social injustice and class differentiation, while subtly integrated with Chinese traditional culture and feudal ideology.
Snow White & Her Seven Friends Sandbox Presentation
Inspired by Suit Koo Chup Yew, Jiū Society retells the story to reflect the conundrums in the post-1979 China where the artists grew up with a series of intense social and economic reformations since the country’s reopening to the world after the Cultural Revolution. The project commits to Jiū Society’s longterm observation and reflection over the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, a place they call home, where all kinds of isms, ideologies and social transformations come and go through a revolving door.
Digital Painting, Modular led screen or inkjet printing, 55 x 55 cm, 2022
Set to release in instalments, “Snow White & Her Seven Friends” is an emerging franchise that will unfold its vision in the white boxes of the art world and the uncharted water of the cyber space. Jiū Society invites you to join their new artistic venture.
About Jiu Society
Jiū Society considers themselves an experimental product of “Reform and Opening Up”, and also the sons of “dispersed culture.” In the name of nonsensical hedonism, despite occasional anxieties and doubts, Jiū feels very good. So they tried to make themselves heard by making an uncertain and small sound, Jiū.
Founded in 2015 by three Shenzhen-born artists, Fang Di, Ji Hao, and Jin Haofan, Jiū Society absorbed its fourth member, the Guangzhou-born artist Zhang Yin, in 2021. The group revolves around the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area, a brand-new region forged by the Party and the people where the four artists all grew up and witnessed wave after wave of immigration, fortune and ideas. Jiū Society expects to shake up a few things in this new reality, and turns up their volume by just a bit.
Jiū Society was founded in 2015 in Shenzhen. Their recent solo exhibitions include: “Snow White & Her Seven Friends”, ART SG 2023, Vanguard Gallery booth, Singapore (2022); “Snow White & Her Seven Friends”, Studio Concrete, Seoul, South Korean (2022); “Lost in Shanghai”, SYSTEM, Shanghai, China (2021) ; “Your Life, My Dream”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2020); “Your Life, My Dream”, OCT Boxes Art Museum, Foshan, China (2020); “Lost in Shenzhen”, the Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK (2019); “GAS STATION IX: da qi da luo”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2017); “Lost in Shenzhen”, 33 Artspace, Shenzhen, China (2016). They also attended the following group exhibitions: “Warehouse Story VIII — On Your Mark!”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (2022); “Huayu Youth Award Finalist Exhibition 2021, The Perfect Flaw”, Sanya Art Center, Sanya, China (2021);“How do we begin”, X Museum, Beijing, China (2020); “HOT FLOWS–Pearl River Delta Arts Retrospective in Macau”, Post-Ox Warehouse Experimental Site, Macau, China (2019); “Not for the faint of heart”, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2019); “Shanghai Biennale: Proregress”, China (2018); “Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture”, Shenzhen, China (2017). Their works have been collected by: Sigg collection, Lucerne, Switzerland; White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia; APS Museum, Shanghai, China; Contemporary Gallery Kunming, Kunming, China, etc