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Funeral and Nostalgia

Exhibition  /  02 Aug 2019  -  04 Aug 2019
Published: 07.08.2019
Safehouse 2
Curator:
Ting Deng
Management:
Ting Deng
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Intro
The word “nostalgia” comes from two Greek roots: νόστος, nóstos (“return home”) and ἄλγος, álgos (“longing”). I would define it as a longing for a home that has never existed.", written by Svetlana Boym in "The Future of Nostalgia”. It also links to the Indo-European root “nes”, which means "returning to the light and life”. Thus the home here is the matrix of human beings beyond time and space.

Artist list

Ting Deng, Yujia Gao, Chuxia Luo, Shuran Wang, Yunqi Zhang
The existence of men is a process of marching towards death and returning to life. Takovsky's film, titled Homesickness, follows two spiritual devotees as they return home at the end of their lives. This last exhibition formed by five Chinese artists before they return to their hometown also reflects a two-way structure of death and nostalgia. This is a collective funeral for nostalgia. The ending of the funeral echoes the destinations of Dominik and Gorchakov in the film, we find a resting place for our multiple identities in a twist of fate.

Modern homesickness is a lament about the inability to fulfil the mythical homecoming and a rehearsal for a return to a life where everyone paints themselves as they are. The story is not only about personal nostalgia and family values, as the exhibition's theme, but it is also full of contradictions, twists, false homecoming, false identification. It's a metaphor for human destiny. At the time of death, we finally return to our spiritual homeland.

I am a candle. I burned at the feast. Gather my wax when morning arrives so that this page will remind you how to be proud and how to weep, how to give away the last third of happiness, and how to die with ease— and beneath a temporary roof to burn posthumously, like a word.
/ Arseny Tarkovsky


The exhibition curated by Ting Deng, Supported by No Space, which is a gallery and online art experimenting space based in Beijing and London.
 
Ting Deng. Installation: Life after Life, 2019. Ceramic, glass, photo with frame.. Ting Deng
Installation: Life after Life, 2019
Ceramic, glass, photo with frame.
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Yujia Gao. Vase: Front View 0° 1, 2019. Gilding metal.. 11 x 23 x 21 cm. Yujia Gao
Vase: Front View 0° 1, 2019
Gilding metal.
11 x 23 x 21 cm
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Yujia Gao. Object: Untitled, 2019. Silver. 8 x 8 x 5 cm; 6 x 6 x 4 cm. Milk jug, sugar jug.. Yujia Gao
Object: Untitled, 2019
Silver
8 x 8 x 5 cm; 6 x 6 x 4 cm
Milk jug, sugar jug.

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Chuxia Luo. Object: Touching Voices, 2019. Jesmonite, human bone ash, sheet acrylic, aluminum.. 26 x 10 x 10 cm. Chuxia Luo
Object: Touching Voices, 2019
Jesmonite, human bone ash, sheet acrylic, aluminum.
26 x 10 x 10 cm
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Shuran Wang. Object: Being Towards Death, 2019. Ceramic, thread, beads.. 11 x 13 x 12 cm. Shuran Wang
Object: Being Towards Death, 2019
Ceramic, thread, beads.
11 x 13 x 12 cm
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Yunqi Zhang. Piece: When it close it is an empty box but holding my precious memory, 2019. Photo print on brass, brass, red thread, gold ring.. 3 x 3 x 3 cm. From series: Memorial. Jewel box.. Yunqi Zhang
Piece: When it close it is an empty box but holding my precious memory, 2019
Photo print on brass, brass, red thread, gold ring.
3 x 3 x 3 cm
From series: Memorial
Jewel box.

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