August 6th, 2016

‘Borders & Bridges’ International Contemporary Art Exhibition 

Academic Advisor: Qin Feng
Curators: Nour NOURI, Michael SUH
Organizers: Pashmin Art Gallery, Hamburg; Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing
Opening Vernissage: 3:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 2016
Exhibition Duration: Aug. 6, 2016 – Sep. 18, 2016

While in very ancient life, not society, the land was considered like the air we breathe, that is, without borders, the creation of very early societies and clans slowly and slowly led to creation of borders where each clan had to protect its territory. In modern societies also, borders are there to protect each country from the other. However, the creation of Euro zone can also be considered as a new phenomenon where easy dialogue between people within each territory is possible and easy. In this sense, even continents are related to each other and borders are turned into bridges where people and their ideas can walk from one side to the other and meet each other easily.

This exhibition works as this cultural bridge between European artists and Chinese art lovers. The aesthetic creativities of western artists are deconstructed in two senses. First, the creative expression and difference of each artist is visibly seen in his or her section. That is, each artist is separated from the other in his or her techniques and motifs. Second, the viewers live and breathe in a Chinese art space with their own oriental appreciation of art. Accordingly, the borders of aesthetic creativity are deconstructed in two ways and this, in turn, leads to a new creative atmosphere.

The positive aspects of this cooperation are unforeseeable since the extent of public involvement in the field of art, and the fact that this art is exposed to an extremely different taste, will make a new social atmosphere which is substantially formative. The exhibition provides a portrait of a western community to a non-western community and the borderline between self and other becomes less clear and finite. The individual “choice and voice” of each artist is mirrored as an objectified portrait of his or her creativity. In a Romantic sense, each versatile artist turns to be a creator of individual genius, imagination, invention, inspiration and originality and as a whole, the exhibition works as the cultural bridge between “nations of different notions”. Thus, the group exhibition becomes a social phenomenon and opens a new space for the appreciation of contemporary art.