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BIRDHEAD: Southeast Asia Residency Program
Project ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Date: 07.22, 2016 - 01.21, 2017

Artists: BIRDHEAD 鸟头 | 

Singapore, August 2016 - ShanghART artist collective BIRDHEAD (SONG Tao and JI Weiyu), started their six-month Southeast Asia Residency program from July 2016. They scheduled to travel around Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and other places, and they will come to Singapore to exhibit their art works created during the journey. Moreover, selecting Singapore as the last and most important stop in Southeast Asia, BIRDHEAD will conduct artists talk with Singaporean artists, which will definitely deepen bilateral exchanges in the field of arts, as well as culture and mutual understanding.

BIRDHEAD’s oeuvre consists of photographic images of everyday life in their hometown of Shanghai. Different from the high-ended modern Shanghai which is usually seen in advertisements and propaganda films, BIRDHEAD’s works present a real Shanghai in its existence and disappearance, which constitutes local folkways, demolished buildings, the lost times, normal streets, shops and a bustling crowd. Their works also record a close and alienated relationship between artists and the city, their interaction with the surroundings and their friends. The numerous photographs together depict a unique microscopic landscape of Shanghai.

For BIRDHEAD, Southeast Asia trips may be regarded as an extension and reflection to a greater level. In an “otherness" perspective, artists observe and record their own traces to explore various textures of life. They are tapping into proposition of "self" from far and beyond. Chiang Mai, Ho Chi Minh, Bagan, Phu Quoc Island…all places they travelled contributes an ongoing juxtaposition of traditional and modern, regional and individual influences, foreign "otherness" and native consciousness. Through shooting in Southeast Asia, their world is being constructed into multiple layers, among which they find a better way to connect with the whole world more directly and more deeply.

Artist Introduction

BIRDHEAD (est. 2004), is an artist collective - JI Weiyu (1980) and SONG Tao (1979), were both born in Shanghai, where they also reside and work today. The artists graduated from the Shanghai Arts and Crafts School in 2000. Recent exhibition include: BIRDHEAD- Art Unlimited Art Basel 2016, Basel, Switzerland, (2016); BIRDHEAD- Welcome to BIRDHEAD world again, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); Welcome to BIRDHEAD World Again, ShanghART h-Space, Shanghai (2015); New Photography 2012, MoMA, NewYork, U.S.A.(2012); Reactivation - 9th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai(2012); The 54th Venice Biennale - ILLUMInations, Venice, Italy (2011); China Power Station - part 4, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2010); The World of Other's: A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2008); China Power Station II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2007). And their solo exhibitions include: Welcome to BIRDHEAD World Again-Beijing 2012, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing(2012); BIRDHEAD: New Village, EX3 Centro per l'arte Contemporanea Firenze, Florence, Italy (2011); Artist File 2011 The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art, National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan (2011); Welcome to the World of BIRDHEAD Again-2010, Guangzhou; Lianzhou (2010); BIRDHEAD 2006+2007 Photography Show, BizART, Shanghai (2007).

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