In front of Beijing #13, in none other than the 798 Art District in Beijing, the 5th most touristy destination in Beijing. The show is on until Nov 15th, Aura Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing.
Posing in artist 张朝晖 (ZHANG Zhaohui)’s art installation, You and I, with Ben.
There are 5 life-size prints from the series Vis-à-vis: Portraits of New Women on show at Aura Gallery （798）this Saturday. The show is called “Love and Punishment.” As you may know, this series is very hard to see in Asia. So if you have time, come take a look. Opening starts at 3 pm, and I hope to see you there:)
Chin-Chin Wu | 吴沁沁
love and punishment
开幕时间opening：2010年10月16日 oct. 16 3-6 pm
展览时间date：2010年10月16日 –11月15日 oct. 16 – nov.15
艺术家artists：罗荃木luo quanmu、付羽fu yu、刘丽勇liu liyong、王孟飞wang mengfei、李子沣li zifeng、 吴沁沁chin-chin wu、黄静远wang jingyuan、尹朝阳yin chaoyang、瞿广慈qu guangci、 罗杰拜伦roger ballen、荒木经惟araki nobuyoshi、森山大道daido moriyama、伊藤一洋kazuhiro ito、草井裕子yuko soi
I’m showing a small series of 15 images called “Flashbacks” in this group show at Inter Gallery, 798 Art District. This exhibition will then move to Shanghai, then travel around the rest of China.
Here’s a sneak preview of a few images that caught my interest:
From the series “The Great Wall of Trash,” © WANG, Jiuliang
From the series “New Landscapes,” © XU, Baokuan
From the series “Move Mountains,” © HANG, Mingchi
From the series “New Scenaries,” © MENG, Chao
From the series “Silent Altitudes,” © YOU, Li
Looking forward to seeing friends in Beijing at the opening! © Post-Modern China Doll
参展摄影师: （按 姓氏笔画排名）王久良、卢彦鹏、区志航、任曙林、许宝宽、
photographers: Wang Jiuliang, Lu Yanpeng, Ou Zhihang ,Ren Shulin, Xu Baokuan，Chen Huanting, He Yichang，Chin-Chin Wu，Xin Gang，Zhang Xiao，Hang Mingzhi，Lao Jing，Luo Kaixing，Xu Yongchun，Huang Jue，Jiao Jian，Chu Chu，Taca，Meng Chao，Eris Yo ，Pan Yue
Consultants :Ren Yue, Lin Lu, Jean Loh, Gu Zheng, Bao Kun, Yan Changjiang
开幕时间: 2010.03.27 下午3点
Opening: 27.03.2010 / 3 pm
展览时间: 2010.03.27 – 2010.04.5
Duration: 27.03.2010 – 05.04.2010
Venue: Inter Art Center and Gallery. Sevenstar Main Street 798 Art Zone No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road Chaoyang District Beijing
Insiders probably already know that Gayographic (大城小同) is holding the first ever Mr. Gay China beauty pageant on Jan. 15, 2010 at the Lan Club. The winner will represent mainland China in Oslo, Norway, vying for the title of Mr. Gay World Ambassador. This is of course a monumental event in the history of the Chinese LGBT community. I finally did some test shots with 3 candidates last Sunday, courtesy to Gayographic organizers Ben Zhang, Ryan and Niu Niu.
So here is the scoop:
1) Xuefei. Calm, laconic, and mysterious.
What I especially appreciated about this candidate was his timeliness (first to arrive), patience (always a plus in the eye of a photographer), and a certain forlorn, other-worldly quality. This definitely sets him apart from any kind of visual stereotype. He’s not the first one you notice when you enter the room, yet there’s a sense of mystique and intrigue that will slowly draw you in.
2 ) Emilio. Handsome, upbeat, winsome.
Emilio’s good looks have a mass appeal by most societal standards, gay or straight. He also possesses the kind of physique that gives strength, hope, and inspiration to all health-related New Year resolutions. Potentially the poster boy of Mr. Gay China, I think this beauty pageant could be the perfect opportunity for him to fine-tune and deepen his already hugely likable character and personality.
3) Simon. Charismatic, uninhibited, fun-loving.
Simon is a ball of energy, capable of proposing 60 dramatically different poses per minute. There’s definitely a bit of an artist’s soul in him, not to mention an off-beat fashion sense. I trust that what he lacks in physique, he will amply make up by creativity and enthusiasm!
Finally, a rather dignified group portrait:
I look forward to meeting the other candidates. Their courage is a constant inspiration. It’s one thing to come out of the closet to one’s friends and family; it’s another thing to participate in such a highly publicized event, obliging each to clearly broadcast his romantic and sexual preference. Let’s face it, China is still an immensely traditional and limelight-shy society, deeply steeped in the Confucian culture of modesty (中庸) for the sake of (outward) harmony. These men are the first (hopefully of many) to break these barriers.
This contest is about community. It’s about beauty. It’s about identity. It’s also about the lessons of self-conquests, the phoenix rising high from the ashes.
Best of luck to all the candidates! If you wish to get involved with this event, please contact Gayographic. Mr. Gay China needs all of your support!
I met sculptor Chen Fei at a little craft shop in Old Beijing nearly two years ago. She was living near Nanluoguxiang and had been experimenting with making masks with paper maché and I was immediately drawn to the expressive possibilities of these hutong characters come alive. Over the span of two years, our friendship grew as we saw the surroundings of our neighborhood demolished and rebuilt at a jaw-dropping rate. As old businesses move out, new businesses settle in; Chen Fei was forced to move with the construction of the new metro line… This series is inspired by the simple people who inhabit here and whose lives are constantly affected by the mass exodus in the face of modernization. It is an elegy to the perishing traditions and lifestyles that made Old Beijing such a unique place.
This work is on show at CNEX as part of the annual Greening the Beige art show. All prints are for sale and the proceedings go to the art collective Greening the Beige. Please contact organizer Carissa Welton for detail.
In April 2010, we are holding another art show with a stage performance involving a new series of masks at CNEX.
Robert Berman Gallery Presents:
«VIS-À-VIS, PORTRAITS OF NEW WOMEN»
«对视 : 新女性肖像 »
Pigment print, Edition of 5, 120×160 cm
© Chin-Chin Wu, 2006-2008
Catalog available upon request
Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL
(Enter on Midtown Boulevard)
Robert Berman GALLERY
December 3 – 7, 2008
Opening December 2th, 6 – 10 pm
January 21-29, 2009
Downtown Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Part 1
Robert Berman GALLERY
At Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, California
January 24 – February 21, 2009
Group exhibition of selected photography and photo based works featuring:
Alex Prager, Jeff Charbonneau & Eliza French, Andres Serrano, Rafael Serrano, Man Ray, William Wegman, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Edmund Teske, Shirin Neshat, Christopher Felver, E.T. Risk, Harry Bowers, Lauren Marsolier, Marc Fichou, John Colao, Marla Rutherford, Dietrich Wegner, Cameron Gray, Gerald Slota, Chin-Chin Wu, Hana Jakralova
Are you looking to push boundaries of your body and mind? Interested to get to know your body better? Want a better nude portfolio but haven’t found the right photographer? See how an artist works?
I am a Chinese-American artist living in between Beijing and Paris. Currently seeking women of all background and ethnicity for a large-scale conceptual art project – portraits of the female genitalia. The identities of the subjects will remain entirely anonymous and I offer to make other nude photographs or portraits in exchange. Length of time is estimated at around 1 1/2 hours (please plan extra time for other photo shoots).
My studio is in the historical center , 2 minutes from the Drum Tower（鼓楼) subway station, very close to Nan Luo Gu Xiang（南锣鼓巷）, Hou Hai (后海）， and other major tourist attractions. You can find information for this project on:
including a making-of video where the models who have participated talk about their experience and their views on the subject matter. You can also find some pictures and background info on the site. There’s a Chinese article in the magazine Hope／希望杂志报导 about the project:
39 women world-wide have already participated in this project. I hope that you will decide to participate in this very important project! This work will be edited into a book published by Trolley Books (London, www.trolleybooks.com) in May 2009 and exhibited in Photo Miami, Photo LA, etc.
Contact me at:
email@example.com with your phone number and I will call you.
Also Skype handle: chinchinlive
On the edge of perceptibility,
Subcutaneous tickles -
I exchange my brightest hair ribbon for a soft kiss,
I tilt recklessly for you.
Each day I get a mili-inch closer,
No need to push further -
Both you and I know,
I tilt at a dizzying angle.
We sit next to the kitchen table,
As I watch you chop the water spinach -
At the rim of sharpness,
I tilt to cut through…
© Post-Modern China Doll
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OK, this should come as no surprise, but I’ve been busy working on a video on my female genitalia series that we are projecting for the opening week of Rencontre Photographique à Arles.
This is the link towards our exhibition for Arles:
JM is arriving in Paris from Copenhagen on the 3rd of July and we are taking an early train on the 4th to Arles. We are likely to stay until Sunday the 8th. The program afterwards stays open. I think I’d like to see Zhang in the French Riviera, possibly hop to Vienne depending on the concerts this year, and take my Vienne sidekick Philippe’s invitation to Juan les Pins for Nora Jones and Keith Jarrett’s appearances (Attn: Tim!!).
What bothers me is that there’s a 10-day lapse of time and should I just bum around in the South or come back to Paris and get down to work? Or go to Peru and Istanbul? Afterwards, my Greek ex has extended an open invitation for me and Maxime in Athens and in a Greek Isle. Pékinoise is trying to get me to Beijing in September to make a short feature fiction. Meantime, I think I should shut myself off with Sandrine in some abandonned house in the countryside from July to August and finally finish the picture book project that we’ve been working on all year long. Decisions, decisions…
Wireless is faithless, and I’ve just gotten myself back on the Wifi network. Mom was here for about 9 days, which was short and long. That was true for both of us. We’re the only surviving members of our nucleus family of three. When Daddy Doll was alive, we had this powerful bond that seemed to exclude the rest of the family, i.e. Mommy.
Triangle relationships are very fascinating. My life seems to be full of these: Mommy, Daddy and I; me and my twin male cousins whom I loved and hated by turn, and with whom I formed and broke pacts; me and my “wife” back in boarding school, and the “daughter” we adopted (and sometimes tried to get rid of), and the resulting threesome “wedding portrait” at the local photographer’s. It is still the oddest piece of souvenir from my pubescent years.
When I was a kid, adults seemed to have the tact of bombarding kids with the “innocent” question of “who do you prefer the best – mommy or daddy?” By the way, my mom was a part of a sisterhood of three, and to add to the confusion, my cousins and I called all three sisters “mommy” and all their husbands “daddy” (don’t ask me why, I think it was linked to some Communist ideal of sort, and I still have three moms, but only one dad left from the original Communist days, having lost one to divorce and one to death). So the questions could also turn to, “Which mommy and which daddy do you prefer the best?”
My cousins were stupid enough to give the honest truth, including their rankings, and got subsequent punishment from invisible forces. I always told everybody, “I love mommy and daddy the same!” And the adults would nod their heads in approval, “What a smart kid!”
In fact, this was the watchword of mommy, “Share your toys! Love everyone the same!” Until this day, I cannot bring myself to say that I feel closer to cousin #1 than to cousin #2, or vice versa (I’m careful to add), for fear of being punished for my unfaithfulness and partiality. As a matter of fact, I am so out of touch with my feelings in this arena that I cannot answer to that question if my life depended on it.
Most people think that my concept of faithfulness is more than a little bit skewed. There are days that I don’t want to share my toys. And sometimes I really love one person more than anyone else. But I usually immediately tell myself that this is selfish thinking, and that I have to elevate myself to the status of a selfless saint, at any rate enlarge the couple to a triangle. In the end, there’s really no striving necessary in the formation of couples or triangles, or in the acquiring and giving up of toys. What is yours will be yours. What is meant to be will be. The dynamic is never static, ever-changing, as you are struggling in the very act of defining. This is like the flow of Yin and Yang, and the subsequent creation of all things from this generative force; or Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva – the Hindu trio of the creator, the preserver and the destroyer; or the Christian trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…. All ancient wisdom seemed to have understood this principal of three and the ceaseless movement that is a part of our life in this universe.
In my case, it has been one long stupendous suspension of judgment facing the delicate threads of human tissue being constantly weaved and re-weaved, exactly like how as a child, I could watch in wonder for hours at ends my Chinese silkworms spin out their own miraculous universe.
Oh yeah, in case you still wonder, I’ve always loved both Mommy and Daddy the same, only differently.
© Post-Modern China Doll
p.s. I’ve got questions about private posts. I have cleared some of them out from MySpace and all diary is in Livejournal now, and everything there is private. I think the blogging function of MySpace sucks ass. Have tried WordPress and am thinking of integrating either Mambo or WordPress into my website. Does anybody have any suggestions?
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