Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Metamorphosing Female

Press Release
The Metamorphosing Female
----Seven Female Artists Exhibition

Osage Gallery Shanghai will hold a seven female artists exhibition "The
Metamorphosing Female" from February 29th to March 28th 2008. The
artists include Cai Jin, Cui Xiuwen, Chen Xiaodan, Sun Guojuan, Xia
jing, Geng Xue.

De Beauvoir described women as the "Second Sex", indicating that
throughout history, they have been discriminated against, persecuted,
unfairly treated, and placed by men in the relative, subordinate
category of "Other". The "female sex" is a synonym of vulnerability,
tolerance, subservience and submissiveness; however, only females can
bring warmth to the cruel world we live in, allowing our history to
move forward. It is only with their wisdom that we manage to establish
and enrich a healthy society.

As time changes, the Chinese economy develops quickly and the society
gradually matures. Females are now creating enormous amount of social
wealth, demonstrating their wisdom and ability that are just as
powerful as their male counterparts'. The change to female status means
that women no longer need to seek balance in the battle against men.
Indeed, more and more of them are starting to focus on expressions and
social stances that are based on their brand new experience as females.
As the "Second Sex" theory fades into history, female artists start to
contemplate on their own metamorphosis, their natural differences from
men, and their roles in the modern society.

People have always believed that women are creatures of emotion,
whereas men are creatures of action. This explains why men are often
portrayed as hunters, builders and soldiers, whereas women's thoughts
are said to be more closely linked to their bodies. These thoughts
might not be as abstract as men's, but are usually more relevant and
focused. Similarly, female artists have purer creative motivations,
freer imagination and more direct expressions. They have invented a
special artistic language that is different from men's: gentle,
maternal and resilient, but also with craziness and soaring energy.
This energy comes from the memory of their own metamorphosis, their
inherited responsibilities and maternal nature, as well as their
instinctive but tangled emotions. By presenting the works of these
seven female artists, we hope that The Metamorphosing Female exhibition
will bring you their personal female perspectives on, and their unique
interpretations of, reality and memory, body and spirit, and the self
and the other.

Artists: Cai Jin, Cui Xiuwen, Chen Xiaodan, Sun Guojuan, Xia jing, Geng
Curator: Yang Li
Assistant Curator: Ella Liao, Emily Cheng

Opening Party:February 29th, 2008
Exhibition Date:February 29th � March 28th 2008
Address:Osage Contemporary Art and Ideas
93 Duolun Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai
Telephone:021-56713605 Contact Person: Emily Cheng, Lucia Liu

Osage Shanghai Introduction
Osage Shanghai is an elegant space located in a beautiful 1920s
mansion adjacent to the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, in a
precinct which is set to become Shanghai's contemporary cultural hub.

Osage was established in Hong Kong in 2004 and is dedicated to the
exhibition, promotion and development of contemporary artists, art and
ideas. Osage represents some of the most outstanding artists in Asia
and works closely with a variety of internationally respected curators,
critics and art historians to present and promote exhibitions that
address fundamental global issues. The Osage exhibition spaces include
a sensational 15000 ft" warehouse space at Osage Kwun Tong, an
intimate shop-front space at Osage Soho, an innovative experimental
space at Osage Atelier Kwun Tong, a spectacular 8800 ft" space at Osage
Singapore (opening October 2007) and a versatile white-cube space at
Osage Chaoyang District. With the opening of Osage Shanghai, Asia's
largest gallery group has just grown even bigger.

Osage aims to bring to the art world new voices, new vision, new ideas
and new styles; to present art that spurs the imagination; to present
work that addresses local issues, national concerns, and universal
themes and work that celebrates diversity and difference. We aim to
celebrate the achievements of humanity together with its limitations
and failures.

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