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    “Genders Engender” will combine various forms of exhibitions, forums, workshops and publications altogether, to organize discussions and performances around the issues of gender. Focusing on gender studies and practices that take place nowadays or have impacts on social recognition of gender disparity, it attempts to create a platform for display, a space for conversation, even a workshop for production for these plural discourses through curating an exhibition. It embraces and welcomes participants from every field and every community, expecting to open up a broader sight of view, to build up more diverse connections.

    “Genders Engender” is not an exhibition presenting “feminist art” or “art of the women artists”, nor providing any definition or producing the tags based on identity. We believe that the gender identity is a kind of symptom or phenomenon, rather than the cause or standard, that need us to read and understand. Equally, it is not the similarity of the temperament, the theme or the method that link these works and performances together. The inner connection is a perspective to view gender which has already become a part of his/her/their perception, thinking and creation. It is the latter that makes us decide what kind of life to identify, to choose, and what a common future to face.

    Taikang Space commissioned 10 artists (groups) from around China to create works for this exhibition. The works include traditional photography, installation, videos, multimedia and performances, as well as engaging or interactive programs, social investigation and archives. Part of the exhibition space will be used for continuous workshops as an organic section of the exhibition which will grow and expand with its proceeding. There will be three forums after the opening ceremony. Taikang Space will invite researchers, creators and practitioners to share their gender expressions about writing, photographing and social practice.

    enders Engender” will combine various forms of exhibitions, forums, workshops and publications altogether, to organize discussions and performances around the issues of gender. Focusing on gender studies and practices that take place nowadays or have impacts on social recognition of gender disparity, it attempts to create a platform for display, a space for conversation, even a workshop for production for these plural discourses through curating an exhibition. It embraces and welcomes participants from every field and every community, expecting to open up a broader sight of view, to build up more diverse connections.

    “Genders Engender” is not an exhibition presenting “feminist art” or “art of the women artists”, nor providing any definition or producing the tags based on identity. We believe that the gender identity is a kind of symptom or phenomenon, rather than the cause or standard, that need us to read and understand. Equally, it is not the similarity of the temperament, the theme or the method that link these works and performances together. The inner connection is a perspective to view gender which has already become a part of his/her/their perception, thinking and creation. It is the latter that makes us decide what kind of life to identify, to choose, and what a common future to face.

    Taikang Space commissioned 10 artists (groups) from around China to create works for this exhibition. The works include traditional photography, installation, videos, multimedia and performances, as well as engaging or interactive programs, social investigation and archives. Part of the exhibition space will be used for continuous workshops as an organic section of the exhibition which will grow and expand with its proceeding. There will be three forums after the opening ceremony. Taikang Space will invite researchers, creators and practitioners to share their gender expressions about writing, photographing and social practice.

    “Genders Engender” will combine various forms of exhibitions, forums, workshops and publications altogether, to organize discussions and performances around the issues of gender. Focusing on gender studies and practices that take place nowadays or have impacts on social recognition of gender disparity, it attempts to create a platform for display, a space for conversation, even a workshop for production for these plural discourses through curating an exhibition. It embraces and welcomes participants from every field and every community, expecting to open up a broader sight of view, to build up more diverse connections.

     

    “Genders Engender” is not an exhibition presenting “feminist art” or “art of the women artists”, nor providing any definition or producing the tags based on identity. We believe that the gender identity is a kind of symptom or phenomenon, rather than the cause or standard, that need us to read and understand. Equally, it is not the similarity of the temperament, the theme or the method that link these works and performances together. The inner connection is a perspective to view gender which has already become a part of his/her/their perception, thinking and creation. It is the latter that makes us decide what kind of life to identify, to choose, and what a common future to face.

     

    Taikang Space commissioned 10 artists (groups) from around China to create works for this exhibition. The works include traditional photography, installation, videos, multimedia and performances, as well as engaging or interactive programs, social investigation and archives. Part of the exhibition space will be used for continuous workshops as an organic section of the exhibition which will grow and expand with its proceeding. There will be three forums after the opening ceremony. Taikang Space will invite researchers, creators and practitioners to share their gender expressions about writing, photographing and social practice.

     
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  • Huang Jingyuan
    Born in 1979, Guangxi, of Zhuang minority descent. Huang received a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal) in 2005 and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Currently lives and works in Beijing. Since returning to China in 2010, her work has focused on the contradictions and disconnections within Chinese society, and between China and the world. Two major series were produced during this period: the "Confucius City Project" and "I Am Your Agency." Her recent solo projects include "Civility Trilogy" (Aotu studio/Office /Lab47, Beijing, 2015-2016), "Invitation of Models" (Institute for Provocation, Beijing, 2016) and "Mao's Love Letter" (Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing, 2016). Recently group shows include “Rebel Cities”(Yam Museum, Beijing, 2016) and “Pan Yuliang: A Silent Journey”(Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2017),etc. She has been actively engaged in building new (organizational) agencies that allow art to become more involved in everyday social life. She is a participant of "Theater 44" and "OnPractice," as well as the initiator of “Writing Mothers,” an on-going collaborative writing project with the ambition of discovering the potential of a feminist critique offered through the lens of family life.

    Ma Qiusha
    Born in 1982, Beijing. She graduated from Digital Media studio of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2005, and received her MFA Electronic Integrated Art in Alfred University, New York in 2008. Currently Lives in Beijing. Her works have been included in various exhibitions of celebrated venues as Tate Modern in UK,  Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, Borusan Contemporary in Turkey, ZKM in Germany, Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts , St. Petersburg in U.S., Orange County Museum of Art in U.S, Internation Contemporary Art Foundation, Bergen in Norway, Stavanger Art Museum in Norway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, OCT Shanghai, among others. Her recent solo exhibitions include “Ma Qiusha: Wonderland”(Beijing Commune, Beijing, 2016), “BKMQ: Bettina Krieg & Ma Qiusha”( SMAC, Berlin,2015) , “Ma Qiusha: Raw”( Beijing Commune, Beijing, 2013), “Ma Qiusha”( Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester,2013), etc.

    Li Shuang
    Born in 1990. She received Bachelor of Arts in English in Civil Aviation University of China in 2012, and Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communications from New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2014. Currently based in Shanghai. Her solo exhibition “Comment il s’appelle”was held at Lab 47, Beijing in 2016. Her works have been included in exhibitions including” We Have Always Lived in the Future” (Flux Factory, New York, 2017) ,“You Won’t Be Young Forever”(BANK, Shanghai, 2016), “BAGISM”(K11 chi art museum, Shanghai, 2016), among others. Li has been awarded for Immigrant Artist Mentee (New York Foundation of Arts, 2014) and Global Initiative Fellowship (New York University, 2013)


    Xiaoshi Vivian
    Vivian Qin (b. 1989, Guangzhou) is an artist based in Guangzhou. In 2015, she earned an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University following a BA in Studio Art and Communication from Denison University in 2012. She has hosted high school debates on contemporary art world issues, designed a phone app to find alternate ways to talk about gender issues, organized meetings between scientists, artists and philosophers to address the possibility that we live in a simulation, and organized a fictional panel that took place in the future. She is currently devoting her time to researching BL culture.
    Her work has been exhibited as part of In Search of Miss Ruthless (Para Site, Hong Kong, 2017), OCAT Shenzhen (2017), You Won't Be Young Forever curated by Biljana Ciric, Shanghai (2016), Queens Museum, New York (2016), Barnard College, New York (2016), Spring/Break Art Show, New York (2016), 221A, Vancouver (2015), Fisher Landau Center, Queens (2015), Jewish Museum, New York (2014), and Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2014). Upcoming showings include a solo exhibition at Weekend, Seoul, and a screening at DFT—a projection on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York. She is a winner of the Lotos Foundation Prize in 2015. Her writing has appeared in Modern Weekly and LEAP. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ruthless Lantern, a gossip art magazine.


    ZHANG Ran
    Born in 1980 in Fushun, Liaoning province. She graduated from No.3 studio of painting department in Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. Currently lives and works in Shenyang. She has participated in group exhibitions such as “shift 0 exhibition + event”(Off Tune Space, Shenyang, 2017),  “Ongoing” (Fight Club/Roaming bookshop, Shenyang, 2016), “Maershan Project”(Shenyang, 2015), “Jungle II: A Thriving Morphology”(Platform China, Beijing, 2013) , etc.

    Zhang Sirui
    Zhang Sirui is an author and curator focusing on contemporary art and architecture. She obtained her graduated from Columbia University in the city of New York with a Master of Science degree in Critical Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture. Currently she works at Artforum.com.cn as marking director.


    Mountain River Jump!
    Mountain River Jump! is an artist-duo founded in 2016 by identical twin sisters Huang Shan and Huang He, both born in 1985. They work as a group while continue their own practices under certain context. They like to discuss topics like samsara, astrology, card divination, ghost stories, mythology, etc., which are all denied officially in our secular context. Their interest covers the ancient and the modern. They apply lingual and visual “cultural psychoanalysis” to the reality nowadays and try to access the mainstream ideas and official utterance through the research of folklore. Their practices include a range of media from static visual works to moving images, lectures, workshops, divination behaviors, and sound. Recent projects includes: Idealism in the East, 2017 West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai; Ox-ghosts and Serpent Spirits, BECOMING, Crossing Border Border Crossing — International Festival of Intermedia 2017, Cattle Depots, Hong Kong; Reality Check, SLEEPCENTER, New York, etc.


    United Motion
    United Motion is a long-term plan which focuses on the contemporary art industry and gets itself involved in it. It aims at improving the practitioners' awareness of their rights, among which the issue of gender is a continuous concern. This includes phenomena such as the unbalanced ratio of gender in the industry, sexual harassment, the "glass ceiling" phenomenon...etc. By organizing artists programs, promoting public education, doing research and archives, offering legal consultancy services, publishing press release as well as other plural means, United Motion attempts to arouse the general concern for gender equality and to seek for solutions based on specific cases and demands. Meanwhile, by combining the self-organization of the practitioners with public education and propagation, and by linking the internal problems of the industry with the broader social background, it tries to implement contemporary art into social practice and discover its public values.


    Writing Mothers
    Initiators: HUANG Jingyuan, FENG Junhua
    Participants: CHEN Shuyu, WAN Qing, YU Guo, ZHAO Yiren
    "Writing Mothers" is an ongoing collaborative writing project initiated by Huang Jing Yuan in July 2017 with Feng Junhua as its editor and publisher. Focusing on writing as a driver for the meeting of minds and lives, understanding situations, and responsible action, the project seeks to discover narrative-based and critically focused alternatives to political quietism. The first episode of "Writing Mothers" was completed and published (both online, through Wechat Announcement, and in printed form) at the end of July, and was comprised of more than 28,000 Chinese characters by eight participating writers. The second episode was completed and published around November, consisting of more than 27,000 Chinese characters by seven participating writers.
    "Writing Mothers" has been running without financial support, with the organizers and participants working on a voluntary basis. In 2017, in addition to two writing episodes, the project also organizes Writing Mothers Working Groups (WMWG) to respond to specific situations, requests, or invitations. These groups are comprised of researchers, activists, social workers, writers, curators, and artists, with the intent that each time its scale, locations, and participants vary. To date, the “Writing Mothers” project has been invited to collaborate in several thematic exhibitions, notably with a "Mothers and Painters" workshop at the Times Museum in Guangdong, and in the “Gender/Engender” exhibition at Taikang Space. It has worked with local community centers (such as Dinghaiqiao Mutual-Aid Society) and independent spaces to form new programs and workshops, as well as taken part in editorial projects (such as the LEAP magazine’s special edition Airline Ruthless), to address a particular topic.
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