Opening: October 23rd , 2013, 6-9pm
Duration: October 23rd 2013-Dec 9th, 11am-7pm (Mon. Closed)
Address: ShanghART Singapore, 9 Lock Road, #02-22 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937.
Contact: +65 6734 9537 | email@example.com
ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Beijing-based artist Zhu Jia (b. 1963), The Face of Facebook, from October 23rd to December 9th, 2013, which is the first in-depth examination of his works in Singapore. Featuring a recent project, the Face of Facebook (finishing version), as well as videos and photographs from earlier stage, the exhibition will provide an engaging look at Zhu’s works over the past two decades.
Zhu Jia is conceptually probing unique visual experiences beyond regular ones. His recent project, the Face of Facebook, is an exact example. This project is not a traditionally finished work by Zhu himself, but is a combination of various contributions from his personal network (more than 50 friends), among them there’s no lack of powerful names in contemporary art circle in China, such as Liu Xiaodong, Wang Guangyi, Yan Peiming, Zhang Xiaogang, video artist such as Yang Fudong, as well as young artist like Sun Xun. This project is a seemingly replacement of his Facebook account in China (Facebook is banned in mainland China), yet it goes more than that. The relationship between Zhu and his “followers” is more solid, or we can call it friendship. Friends that are connected show their trust and respect to Zhu Jia, and are willing to contribute a work that may be of high value. As Zhu has once commented, “This is not a question of painting per se, but it delves into the question of power, politics and market.”
Repetition and uncertainty is a constant theme in Zhu’s works. Repetition of endless movements provokes dynamic visions from multi-perspectives. He uses quasi-motionless images to focus on details of human figures, everyday objects and banal landscapes and expose their "objective" state of existence. His landmark work, which has been shown in New York MoMA, Forever (1994), is a discombobulating video that captures the streets of Beijing through the circular movement of a bicycle wheel; Never Take Off (2002), in which an airplane cruising endlessly on the tarmac, a lamentation on latent or wasted energy; Zero (2012), comes from the narrated and fragmentized memory of family story, details of protagonists and objects are unfolded through slow but elegant shots, sensibility is stirred and remained through visual images and psychological perceptions. Using characteristic wit, humor and poignancy, Zhu reflects upon the vast political, economic and social change in China.
2013 Zhu Jia: The Face of Facebook, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Video Bureau Archive 17: Zhu Jia, Video Bureau, Guang Zhou, Beijing, China
2012 Zero - Zhu Jia Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing, China
2011 The Face of Facebook, Zhu Jia Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing, China
2008 We Are Perfect, Zhu Jia Solo Exhibition, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China
2012 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World,
OCAT, Shenzhen, China
Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2011 Moving Image In China : 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Out of the Box , The Threshold of Video Art in China (1984-1998), Guangdong Times
Museum, Guangzhou, China
2010 Not Only Time, Zhang Peili and Zhu Jia, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater),
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Looking through Film: Traces of Cinema and Self-Constructs in Contemporary Art, OCT
Contemporary Art Terminal Of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2009 Double Happiness, Leonhardi Kulturprojekte, Frankfurt, Germany
Another Scene, Artists' Projects, Concepts and Ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai,
Impossible, 8 Chinese Artists Engage Absurdity, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery &
MISSION 17, San Francisco, U.S.A
2008 7th Shanghai Biennale, Trans Local Motion, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2007 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Not only Possible, But also Necessary - Optimism in
the Age of Global War, Istanbul, Turkey
World Factory, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, U.S.A.
2006 Nunca salgo sin mi cámara / Never Go Out Without My DVcam, Video en China, Museo
Colecciones ICO, Madrid, Spain
Dual Realities, 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (Media_City Seoul), Seoul
Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
China Contemporary, Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, Netherlands Architecture
Institute; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; Netherlands Fotomuseum, The Netherlands
2005 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, BEYOND: an extraordinary space of experimentation for
modernization, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Zooming into Focus, Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild
Collection, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Emergency Biennale in Chechnya, A Suitcase from Paris to Grozny, Palais de Tokyo, Paris,
2004 Nuit Blanche, Dazibao d'images, Paris, France
Beyond Boundaries, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2003 50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Dreams and Conflicts. The Dictatorship
of the Viewer, Venice, Italy
Time After Time, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, U.S.A.
Alors la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2002 Synthetic Reality, Video & image works show of Chinese Artist, East Modern Art Center,
Tempo, the Works Show of Contemporary Art in 20th, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA),
New York, U.S.A.
Asianvibe, an Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castello
(EACC), Castello, Spain
Printemps de Septembre, Festival de Photographie & Arts Visuels, Toulouse, France
2001 Living in Time, 29 Contemporary Artists from China, National galerie im Hamburger
Bahnhof Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany
Compound Eyes, Dr Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
Translated Acts, Performance and Body Art from East Asia 1990-2001, Haus der Kultren
der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A.
2000 PhotoEspana 2000—Festival International of Photograpy, Madrid, Spain
Quotidiana, The Continuity of the Everyday in 20th Century Art, Castell di Rivoli-Museo
d'Arte contemporanea, Torino, Italy
1999 Unveiled Reality, Contemporary photography of China, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver,
3rd Art Life 21--SPIRAL TV, It's Tomorrow Now, Wacoal Art centre,Tokyo, Japan
Cities on the Move 4, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cities on the Move 5, Hayward Gallery, London, U.K.
1998 Every Day, 11th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art etc., Sydney, Australia
16th World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Asia City, The Photographers' Gallery and Asia House, London, U.K.
1997 Uncertain Pleasure — Special Topic Exhibition, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Another Long March, Chinese Conceptual Art in the 1990', Chasse Kazerne, Fundament
Foundation, Breda, The Netherlands
Cities on the Move 3, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, U.S.A.
Cities on the Move 1, Exhibition of Asian Art, Secession, Vienna, Austria
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