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collective delirium
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another trilogy
Zane Mellupe solo exhibition
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brilliant city...
Christophe Demaître solo exhibition
diluted shadows
Dai Guangyu solo exhibition
around your face
Li Rui solo exhibition
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uncovered china
team of the blind
Wu Junyong solo show
drawing and what
my country
bring the dogs out
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performance by Sergey Balovin
red land, yellow stars
@ Galerie Libre Cours (Brussels)
closet (6 solos)
something in common
trace, line, shadow
there is no innocence, only different levels of responsibility
Christin Kalweit solo show
what is the name? solution?
gardener
Roland Darjes solo show (ifa-YK)
different species
Robert Lee Davis solo show (ifa-YK)
right eye - left leg
Je suis Chinois. Et toi ?
@ Galerie Nathalie Gas & Bernard Guillon (Paris)
in memory of the perfect wife
Zane Mellupe personal exhibition
the hell. the heaven.
on the way. in between.
15 days without You
Bangbang & Blackandwhite
the house (ifa²gallery)
Azure Dragon, Vermilion Bird, Yellow Dragon, White Tiger, Black Tortoise
a poem from the earth (ifa²gallery)
the end of the rainbow
Wu Junyong solo exhibition
Zhao Qian Sun Li
Fan Jiupeng solo show (ifa²gallery)
police and her
skin
Dai Guangyu solo show (ifa²gallery)
the history of etiquette
fist
Liu Bolin solo show (ifa²gallery)
carte blanche - winter exhibition
beneath my skin
Vietnamese art insight
@ URBN hotel
elevation / integration
a snapshot of contemporary vietnamese art
portraits of china
move
efflorescence
ink games
Dai Guangyu solo exhibition
automata
urban lust
some space for humanity
Gao Brothers solo exhibition
everything is not quite right
Liu Bolin solo exhibition
spring
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Zhang Kai
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my country

press release
e-invitation

17 november 2012 - 17 february 2013
vernissage on saturday 17 november, 5-9pm

country

Since the mid-70’s, the "West" has struggled to reach the peak prosperity of the post war boom of the 50s-60s. With emptier coffers and large unemployment rates in these welfare states, globalization and an easing of immigration restrictions have helped to create the extreme economic pressures we are experiencing today.

Despite economic development and the establishment of intergovernmental organizations after the WWII (the UN, WTO ex-GATT for the trade, NATO for defense, the EU as the first supranational union and other regional agreements), many sense regret over losing more intrinsic control of their own borders, the loss of their national currencies in the EU, the sacrifice of independent decision-making in economic reforms, etc., waxing nostalgic for a return to sovereignty, protectionism and nationalism.

Economically, the "East" started to boom as the "West" began to stagnate.
The big model of “democracy” has become less a prerequisite for a prosperity as the emerging world economies, including the powerful BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South-Africa) have helped to transform the economic and political order of the world.

China, now the 2nd largest economy, with a strong army, a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, its gigantic workforce, an insatiable quest for natural resources, and expanding industries including a domination of the production of rare earth elements (necessary for high-tech development), has emerged as an extremely influential and powerful country in the world. While maintaining a strong national regime, this country has shaken the humiliation of the past colonialist western presence and a violent invasion by Japan, and has returned to the world stage guarding its strong national interests while protecting itself from any unwanted influence from abroad.

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my country?

ifa gallery has asked 10 international artists with diverse profiles (generational, national and social), all based in China, to create one artwork (or series) depicting “their country” in the most wide and imaginative sense- not necessarily the one represented in their passport, open to any form of language and medium.

The builders of these emerging new nations at the gallery on 17 November 2012 will be:
Dai Guangyu from China (1955), Christophe Demaitre from Belgium (1968), Zane Mellupe from Latvia (1981), Li Rui from China (1985), Roland Darjes from Germany (1978), Shao Shao from China (1982), Alexandre  Ouairy from France (1979), Wang Xiaofeng from China (1973), Alexander Shchednov from Russia (1987), Nam Hyo Jun from the 3rd generation of Koreans in Japan (1987)

Additionally, “outer space project no.7” (2008) by Gao Brothers (from China, 1956-1962), representing a map of China made of a bee's nest, and censored during Sh Contemporary 2012, will also be exhibited.