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Scenic Line Of An Alley
Group Exhibition Mao Space, Shanghai, No.29, Lane 56, West Jianguo Rd, Huangpu District
Date: 01.28, 2021 - 04.30, 2021

Artists: GUO Xi 郭熙 |  LIU Yi 刘毅 | 

At the beginning of the new year, Mao Space has been moved to its new home – a meandering lane of West Jianguo Road, Shanghai, and is going to present its debut group exhibition: "Scenic Line Of An Alley."
As a signature of Shanghai's urban culture, alleys bear the profound and unique spiritual memory of this metropolitan. Compared with the vertical vision that keeps stretching upward, lanes symbolize the locality and depth of the city. Different from the physical space, the zoetrope that often sat at the entrance of a lane is now only occasionally recalled as a distant memory. In a limited space, the fragments of reality are presented in a strange way and revived into a scenic line. The once novelty also implies a shift of perspective, reminding us to think about how to bring commonality into the bellows of consciousness, and inspire enlightening artistic expressions.
The five (groups of) artists featured in this exhibition: Liu Yi, Guo Xi, Liu Guoqiang, Wu Junyong, Hao Jingfang & Wang Lingjie, now serve as a new zoetrope. In unique languages, they express the retention and conversion of memory and Dasein, and how to incorporate the reality they experience and understand into a new narration system. In particular, all works at the exhibition are created in honor of the on-site space – some are selected from the personal collection of Ms. MAO Wencai over the past years, while some are site-specific creations completed by artists based on their previous works and the new environment. This double dialogue with space and with their own creations across different periods allows artists to shed light on a special scenic line in the courtyard at the end of an alley.

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