Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Shanghai this month

Artists: Ma Lina, Li Wei, Zhang Shanshan
Curator: Ding Yi
Academic Director: Zhao Li
Exhibition Period: Nov 30- December 30, 2007
Venue: South ShanXi Road,Shanghai
Cetus Gallery
Address: No.165 South Shanxi Road, Shanghai, China
Tel: 86-021-54653655
Fax: 86-021-54650675

Zhang Xian

As the director of the Downstream Garage (Xiahe Micang), which hosts
the annual Ideas Festival and the Downstream Garage Fringe Festival,
Zhang Xian is a key actor in the development of Shanghai's independent
theater scene. Zhang has received several fellowships abroad and has
sat on the judge's panel of the Zurich Festival and Cairo International
Experimental Arts Festival. He's worked as a director and a playwright
in the fields of dance, drama and film and has written and directed 19
works which have been shown in Shanghai, Beijing and abroad. His
physical theater work, Tongue's Memory of Home, won the grand prize at
the Zurich Festival.
Exhibition: Soft Power: Asian Attutude
Organized by: Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art
Chief Curator: Shen Qibin
Co-Curators: Binghui Huangfu Biljana Ciric
Dates: 17 November - 28 December 2007
Opening Reception: 17 November 2007, 4pm
Venue: Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art (No.28, Lane 199 Fangdian
Road, Shanghai, China)
Artist: Lida Abdul, Chen Chiehjen, Heri Dono, Shilpa Gupta, Ho Tzu
Nyen, Jin Feng, Jitish Kallat, Reena Kallat, Gulnara Kasmalieva &
Muratbek Djumaliev, Will Kwan, Lee Changwon, Owen Leong, leung Mee
Ping, Liu Guangyun, Yukinori Maeda & Yuki Kimura, Qiu Zhijie, Khaled
Sabsabi, Shen Shaomin, Vasan Sitthiket, Song Dong, Manit Sriwanichpoom,
Su Xinping, Kai Syng Tan, Nan See Tan, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Tseng
Yuchin, Wu Gaozhong, Mahmoud Yekta

【Special Event】Shadow Play from Thai artist Vasan Sitthiket

Event time: During the opening, November 17, 2007
Event Venue: Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art

The work itself takes a form of shadow puppets that are
representations of major political proponents in the world, which shows
an active political context. South East Asian countries are struggling
to find balance in its cultural identity. Like any theatrical
performance there is the surface interpretation and underlying message.
The audience is presented with an entertaining show, however, what they
walk away with is an interpretation of truth, which is difficult to
forget. Vasan Sitthiket combines aspects of traditional shadow puppet
culture with the contemporary cultural commentary of today. In reality
Vasan Sitthiket is using a long tradition of theater production to
comment on the human condition.

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