u-topophilia: HUANG Sunquan's Solo Exhibition
Opening: October 26, 2014, 18:00
Duration: 2014.10.27 – 2015.1.16
Organizer: Red Brick Art Museum
Venue: Red Brick Art Museum, Hegezhuang, Cuigezhuang Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Introduction of the exhibition and the project:
u-topophiliaintends topropose a narrative strategy regarding place, architecture, utopia and social movements, and also the possibilities of connecting in societal space. The concept Utopia reflects people’s dis-satisfaction with reality and their hope, so do architecture and art. “U” in “utopia”comes from the Greek word “ou-topos” which means “no place”, similar to the English word “a-topia”. “U” here can also be interpreted as “eu-topos”, meaning joy and happiness. The word “topophilia”, on the other hand, means love of place. The Chinese-U.S. Geographer Yi-Fu TUAN once wrote a book on Topophilia, examining the affective bond between people and place, and how it contributes to the formulation of identity. Here the new word “u-topophilia” refers to the conflicts between love of no place and love of place. Such conflicts may lead to new possibilities: by recognizing and acknowledging differences among people and places, we may shift from Jus soli, identity associate with place to socially engaged art practices that do not bond love with a particular place, which may be one way of mediating the social contradictions caused by new liberalism. And this is also the core of Prof. HUANG Sunquan’s thoughts and curatorial practices.
The exhibition u-topophilia also marks the beginning of Local Narration and Societal SpaceProject, an 2-3 year project initiated by HUANGSunquan. This project focuses on the methodology of artists/ activists engaging in the production of space. It is not just another art exhibition but rather is a research-driven artistic project within conditional societal space. It will invite international academics, artists and activists that are involved in space of production, re-construction of the local, community participation and socially engaged art together for emerging an experimental future.