Chi Peng, Sprinting Forward-2, 2004, colour photograph, 94,65 x 280 cm
Courtesy ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING
OPENING: 2004, NOV 17th from 7 pm
PERFORMING THE BODY | PHOTOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE FROM CHINA
Cang Xin | Chen Lingyang | Chi Peng | Hai Bo | Ma Liuming | Miao Xiaochun | Muchen & Shaoyinong
At the occasion of MOIS DE LA PHOTO Berlin - Paris - Vienna
Opened by Claudia Stein, Photography Now
IN TRANSIT II
Nalini Malani | Surendran Nair | Jayashree Chakravarty | Rekha Rodwittiya | Nilima Sheikh
Opened by His Exellency Mr. T.C.A. Rangachari, Ambassador of India to Germany
Since 1997, Alexander Ochs has been bringing East Asian contemporary art to Europe, recently opening a branch of his gallery in China itself. Over the past weeks, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING has been collaborating with SAKSHI GALLERY | BOMBAY to organize three exhibitions of contemporary Indian art in the former space of the PRÜSS & OCHS GALLERY in Berlin. Alexander Ochs' interest in Indian contemporary art was awakened by Geetha Mehra, a friend and gallerist from Bombay.
After the great success of the exhibition IN TRANSIT I, the two galleries are opening on November 17, 2004 two parallel shows: IN TRANSIT II and PERFORMING THE BODY, an exhibition of contemporary photography from China. An exciting project is thus being realized in Berlin that involves young artists from the two most important Asian cultures, China and India.
PERFORMING THE BODY will be opened by Claudia Stein, the editor of the magazine Photography Now and co-curator of the exhibition. The exhibition of the work of Indian artists will be opened by His Excellency T. C. A. Rangachari, Ambassador of India to Germany.
Although traditional artistic practices and styles still dominate in China, over the last two decades many new concepts and experiments have taken shape. Photography has in recent years become the primary medium for documenting and interpreting recent social transformations. Once used exclusively as an instrument of propaganda, it has within the briefest time span been able to penetrate other artistic practices like painting, installation, and performance, taking on an important role of its own among the contemporary arts. Using a documentary approach or a more surrealistic method, the artists transforms their experiences into visually stimulating images. Often ambitious in format and experimental in its use of form, they show a broad spectrum of individual responses to the changes currently taking place in Chinese economy, society, and culture.
IN TRANSIT II, the second part of the exhibition series, will again show some highlights of Indian contemporary art. The five various diverse artistic positions shown here will reflect the variety of Indian life and culture.
Nalini Malani is no stranger to Berlin: her work was shown in 2003 in Haus der Kulturen der Welt and in the festival Theater der Welt. A focus of her work is Indian and European mythology. Part of Surendran Nair's work Cuckoonebulopolis will be on exhibition, a work that concerns itself with the question of utopia. Jayashree Chakravarty encounters in her work the universal human situation, presupposing that everything in her immediate surroundings could just as easily take place elsewhere in the world and thus achieve general validity. The small format works by Nilima Sheikh are entirely in the tradition of the Indian miniatures; the beholder is inspired to read the works like an illustrated manuscript. The exhibition will also include a series of ten watercolors by Rekha Rodwittiya, showing Hanuan, a Hindu mythological figure; this series was begun during the artist's three-month stay at Fukoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.