“Shanghai Stories” (上海故事)
There is the city and there are the people living in that city. Sometimes it’s not obvious that the urban texture and its inhabitants are existing in different dimensions. In Chinese, there is an infinite gap between the two words “shangban” and “xiaban”, meaning going to and finishing work. It means the lane houses, the smell of steaming baozi and youtiao, the dancing grandmas and the grandpas mastering Taichi, that only exist to you before 9 on your way to the office and after 5 on your way home. In the time between, you can look at the historic landscape from hundreds of meters up in a well-isolated skyscraper, and dream while being awake. This is when the difference is most visible: new and old, moving and still, local and alien, real and fictional. Liu Dao’s new exhibition on the city of Shanghai plays on these contrasts and tries to achieve the impossible: to lead the audience back to the city they have been in all along.
From May 11th to August 30th, 2018
András Gál & Irmantas Bortnikas
Thomas Charvériat
Owen 欧文, Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师
Kim Mi-Gyung
island6 Main Space, 50 Moganshan Road, building #6, 2/F, Shanghai
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