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Zane Mellupe solo exhibition
current • brussels
recovered        恢复
collective delirium
Alexandre Ouairy solo exhibition
brilliant city...
Christophe Demaître solo exhibition
diluted shadows
Dai Guangyu solo exhibition
around your face
Li Rui solo exhibition
error/logic • Xu Zhe & Xu Cheng
uncovered china
team of the blind
Wu Junyong solo show
drawing and what
my country
bring the dogs out
euthanasia part 2 - bulldozer exhibition
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
comedia
beyond the city
Zhang Kai
solo exhibition
art fairs
PHOTO SHANGHAI 14
ART PARIS 14
ART BASEL | HONG KONG 13
ART PARIS 13
ART STAGE SINGAPORE 13
SH CONTEMPORARY 12
ART GWANGJU 12
ART HK 12
ART PARIS 12
ART PARIS 11
ART PARIS 10
ART PARIS 09
ACAF NEW YORK 08
spring
20 april - 12 may 2008
vernissage: 19 april 5pm


an exhibition curated by Marie Terrieux

Over a period of four weeks, ifa gallery will be presenting a selection of emerging artists.

This selection will highlight the artists’ observations and insights on the contemporary world. Included among the artists in this series are four photographers whose works were shown in the November ifa gallery exhibition “Beyond the City” and who use their art to share their thoughts regarding the economic development and urbanisation of China.

Liu Jin takes a critical approach, challenging and reproaching the role to the property developers have taken in this new urbanisation. His photograph is filled with angels, present in all his work, as well as dreamers and the injured who appear to search for an ideal world.

Xu Changchang uses digitally manipulated images to offers scenes steeped in the surreal. He shows pedestrians, stranded at a bus stop, stationary and searching but waiting for nothing. This image seems pulled straight from a dream that echoes the artist’s questions about his future decisions and freedom to choose.

Jia Youguang uses a photograph of the famous Beijing development Soho to illustrate the dynamism and modernity of the city today. At the same time, he presents a disparaging perspective on the prisons individuals create for themselves in this urban setting, where everyone must confront the rising tide of individualism and the heightened sense of isolation that comes with it.

Liu Bolin, who will be featured in a solo show at ifa gallery beginning in mid-May, camouflages himself within a message instilled during China’s most recent decades. His image illustrates the conniving tricks to which the migrant workers, who carry the lead role in China’s urbanisation, often fall victim.

Wu Junyong’s medium, a burlesque video, displays the mix of influences from around the world that affect those from China’s young generation, born at the tail end of the 20th century. Using sophisticated techniques, this talented video maker meticulously composes his animations over a period of months. He forges a combination of traditional, communist, and contemporary Chinese elements to realise a profound visual effect on the viewer.

As for Zhang Kai, he displays his surrounding world and today’s Beijing in an unseen way. His paintings depict prisoners and obedient housedogs, who all have the capacity to be enraged.

Li Hao, a young photographer, shows the various faces that surround us and the secrets they reveal. Through a game of self-portraiture, shadow and lighting, his photographs show a mature strength beyond his years.

Jean-Sébastien Lallemand, a young multidisciplinary artist, joins the exhibition with a transient installation. The artist was inspired by scandal in Liaoning Province in northern China involving a deceptive businessman and his ant farming schemes.
The ant farms were pushed with promises of riches for the growers, who were told that they would be able to sell the ants for use in the production of aphrodisiacs and pharmaceuticals. In reality, there was no medicine, and no revenue found its way back to the farmers. In this installation, the star drawn with thousands of ants is symbolic of the swindles and scams that still haunt the Chinese countryside, where peasants are often confronted with unscrupulous opportunists.
At the same time, this transient, fragile and delicate star can also be interpreted as a hopeful sign of renewal.

Alexis Kouzmine Karavaieff, director (translated by Lauren Gollasch & Bradley A. Prichard) ● April 2008