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Physical Theatre
Group Exhibition ShanghART, Shanghai
Date: 08.09, 2017 - 09.10, 2017

Artists: CHEN Wei 陈维 |  CHEN Xiaoyun 陈晓云 |  GENG Jianyi 耿建翌 |  SHAO Yi 邵一 |  SHI Yong 施勇 |  TANG Maohong 唐茂宏 |  XIANG Liqing 向利庆 |  YANG Fudong 杨福东 |  YANG Zhenzhong 杨振中 |  ZHANG Ding 张鼎 |  ZHU Jia 朱加 |  ZHANG Qing 章清 | 

Duration: Aug. 9, 2017 - Sep. 10, 2017 (11am to 6pm, Mondays Closed)
Location: ShanghART-F1, Westbund, 2555-10 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai

ShanghART Gallery is pleased to present group exhibition Physical Theatre at 1F, ShanghART Westbund from August 9 until September 10 with 12 artists’ photography works. Physical Theatre, taking "physical body" as the starting point, intends to reveal the close relations between the individuals and the reality on the basis of artists’ perspectives as well as the analysis of various concepts through their imaginative narrative of bodies. Exhibited artists include Chen Xiaoyun, Chen Wei, Geng Jianyi, Shi Yong, Shao Yi, Tang Maohong, Xiang Liqing,Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhang Ding, Zhang Qing and Zhu Jia.


Reflecting the most instinctive and genuine react of human beings, physical bodies as carriers help to build up the relations with the surroundings through individuals’ senses to form the self-cognition of the world. Applying physical bodies as the medium, exhibited artists extend their proposition from self-cognition to daily routines and social norms. In the exhibition, “physical body” is given multiple definitions and can be interpreted as a variety of behaviours. In the works by Chen Xiaoyun, Shao Yi, Yang Zhenzhong, Tang Maohong and Xiang Liqing, bodies as the direct medium, illustrate the query to sexuality orientation and the resistance to social norms in a sarcastic way with a sense of humour. In the scenario of Geng Jianyi and Chen Wei, bodies become invisible on-site elements. Materials and scenes have become parts of artists’ existence and have been evolved into the traces left by their activities. Differently, Zhu Jia and Zhang Qing’s “physical involvement” captured and remained in their works. The former applies sudden physical invention and the latter focuses on performance. Both of their works prove the dynamics in two-dimensional photography works and intrigue audience’s consequential imagination. Being theatrical lies in Yang Fudong, Shi Yong and Zhang Ding’s works. The absurd contrast is generated between the dramatic expressing way and the reality in the pre-set narratives and scenes, which implies the spirit of the times under artists’ spontaneous expression.


Each audience is seen as the physical body “staging” with the depicted “bodies” from the exhibited works. The potential context imparted on each work interacts with the audiences’ own background, a physical and spiritual resonance is initiated.


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