展览时间：2021年6月9日-8月6日 Dates: June 9 to August 6, 2021
虚拟展厅链接 Link to virtual show：https://www.artland.com/exhibitions/chinese-group-exhibition-urban-country
“Urban Country” is a virtual group exhibition presented by ARTLAND, featuring works by Fu Wenjun, Zhai Liang, Zou Sijin, Lu Xinjian, Gao Yuan, and Liu Di, in collaboration with five leading contemporary art galleries based in China—A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, ART LABOR Gallery, Capsule Shanghai, Independent Image Art Space and Migrant Bird Space.
面对中国等国家日益增多的城市化现象，主题围绕城市与乡村生活的复杂关系展开。 许多作品描绘的场景既有乡村元素，也有城市元素，引发了这两个看似两极分化的地区和生活方式能否共存的问题。 一些城市场景看起来如此新鲜，它们仍然显示出乡村的残余。 其他场景显示出郁郁葱葱的乡村和城市遗迹，表明这里可能发生了相反的发展。
In the face of the increasing phenomenon of urbanisation in countries such as China, the theme revolves around the complex relationship between city and country life. Many of the works depict settings that have both rural and urban elements, raising the question of whether these two seemingly polar opposite regions and lifestyles can coexist. Some urban scenes seem so freshly built, they still show remnants of the countryside. Other scenes show a lush countryside with city remnants, suggesting that the reverse development might have happened here.
Urban Country” explores the differences and crossovers between what we understand as urban and what is rural. During uncertain times in the midst of a pandemic, the virtual exhibition also questions what we as human beings still consider a safe living environment – be it a city, the countryside or a completely virtual space online.
“Neighbors” illustrates the artist’s reimagining of the city of Chongqing.
Chongqing is a prime example of a city that has successfully transformed from a traditional industrial city to a modern metropolis. In the process, however, the city, formerly characterized by its traditional stilted buildings, gradually gave way to modern urban planning.
Fu Wenjun spent several years capturing on camera the city’s remaining stilted buildings, most of which were about to be demolished. He then assembled these images into a 16-meter-long panorama, bringing together fragmented memories to create a nostalgic idea of a city, which stretches across the wall like an ancient scroll.
The work “Birds Flying Overhead” represents Fu Wenjun’s “Digital Pictorial Photography” – a unique style which places photography art in dialogue with other media, such as Chinese ink painting, oil painting, and sculpture. The work is part of the series “Misplacement”.