Curators : Zhou Ying (China) José Drummond (Portugal)

The mezzanine of Photo Docks Art Fair is dedicated to a curatorial project, inspired by the title of the 1993 film directed by Wim Wenders, the exhibition explores the field of creation of the artists close and yet so far.
The Artists: Hong Hao, Joao Pedro Rodrigues & Joao Rui Guerra Da Mata, José Drummond, Miguel Palma, Ni Youyu, Rui Calcada Bastos, Wang Jingsong, Wang Quingsong, Xing Danwen, Ye Cheng

A special project for Photo Docks Art Fair, the exhibition has been launched in Beijing and presented in Lisbon.

China? Faraway, So Close! 2014 Photodocks (2014.9.05 – 28) Lyon, France

<Faraway, So Close!> is a 1993 lm directed by Wim Wenders that serves as a sequel to the classic Wings of Desire. The observations of life on earth by invisible, immortal angels that can listen to the thoughts of the human inhabitants and can comfort those who are in distress is the foundation of the rst lm. These observations have a profound twist on the sequel when an angel directly intervenes with the life of humans. This angel impulsively breaks the stipulated rule when a little girl falls from the balcony of an apartment block and he goes down to catch her. Suddenly he  nds himself made of esh and blood and needs to adjust to the transformation. He starts to learn how to modulate the volume of his voice and how to avoid being hit by cars. He does not understand why everyone is so alone and cannot understand each other and his ability as an angel to hear their thoughts has disappeared.

Where is China? was an exhibition that for the rst time linked together artists from China and Portugal in a large group show that was held in both Beijing and Lisbon during May and June. It was explored the idea of transglobal identities where place and identity were not exclusive of geographic, economic or political conditions. The artworks were presented establishing a dialogue between several dierent medias. Somehow this show reected the voices of human life in China as seen by the artists of the two countries. China was presented as being everywhere and nowhere.

Nevertheless there’s a dimension of China that was not explored in that show. An element of knowledge that is associated with energy transference and traditional wisdom. There’s an ancient Chinese saying that goes like this “ Though born a thousand li apart, souls which are one shall meet ” meaning that there is some kind of predestined force that brings people together even if they are from faraway places.

In Chinese: Faraway, So Close! the ‘meeting’ gets a new shape and creates alternative visions of the fundamentals of the previous show. The artists in this exhib it ion are not angels anymore and as in the Wim Wenders’s sequel the plot renders other options of dialogue both in context as in media representation. The setting of this new reunion brings a disruptive existential level where the language of globalization is now seen as a predestined meeting point reached from a nomadic perspective. It is not important now to map identities or places. It is assumed that even if faraway we all live closer to each other and we travel and we meet others and we are connecte d by technology.

The selection of artworks and artists was done according to the principles of photographic communication and related extensions on the moving images eld. < China? Faraway, So Close ! > There is an hybridization of various artistic concepts and visual languages releasing photography from depicting reality assuming that also our own existence as humans cannot be permeated by the rules of reality and needs to be mixed with cation. The artists selected for this exhibition present works that examine the paradigm of life from within, as it is lived by humans instead of being seen by outsiders.


Curators :
Zhou Ying (China)
José Drummond (Portugal)

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