Jiang Zhi, Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong, and Wang Tuo are currently presenting their works in the group exhibition “How Far, How Close”, curated by Leo Li Chen and Mijoo Park at Aranya Art Center, Hebei Province, China.
The act of bridging difference and overcoming barriers becomes the main theme of “How Far, How Close”. The works of art in this exhibition raise doubts about geographic boundaries and evoke complex emotions, which are not only related to self-identification and mobility, but also affect how we search for direction as we negotiate multiple social situations.
Through poetic narratives that illustrate how intimacy and detachment can coexist, Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong’s collaborative series He was lost yesterday and we found him today (2010-2014) and Jiang Zhi’s The Waves (2022) interrogate diasporic culture, an identity no longer confined to national definitions and imagined borders. Instead, diasporic culture exists as an ambiguity suspended in uncertainty. Wang Tuo’s Captive Tuning (2016) explore the intricacies and subtleties of everyday life, emphasizing individuality and privacy while resisting generalization.
Venue: Gallery 1-5 Aranya Art Center, Beidaihe New Area, Hebei Province, China
Curator: Leo Li Chen and Mijoo Park
Images: Installation views of “How Far, How Close”. Photography Sun Shi. Courtesy of the artists.