This Saturday, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum is going to hold the third artists' talk for the exhibition The Principle of Hope. We will invite two participating artists, Li Jiaqi and Gary Zhexi Zhang to talk about their art practices and researches. The event will be in Chinese and will be moderated by Yin Shuai.
Gary Zhexi Zhang is a London-based artist who was born in China and whose work revolves around ecological concepts, unofficial economies, and the history of the commons, involving an exploration of how knowledge and technological systems shape political and social desires. In the exhibition The Principle of Hope, the artist presents the work Poyers! draws on one of the most audacious financial scams of the 19th century: the production and sale of millions of pounds of non-existent bonds for huge profits through the fictionalization and promotion of the Central American "playground", Poyers, which catered to the colonial gaze. The artist presents his collection of 19th century certificates for the purchase of Poyers shares and leaves a historical "future" thread in the exhibition by reading guides depicting the richness of the fictional playground and playing computer-generated videos of Poyers’ landscapes, allowing for a constant shift between real history and fictional scenarios, thereby loosening existing narratives and perspectives.
Li Jiaqi is also interested in the visual appearance and the inner substance of things, and tries to distance the two, exploring their relative independence and the possibility of mutual transformation. His video work Our TV, Your Success edits TV commercials from different periods and manufacturers, exploring the different states of the symbol of TV as a paradigm of success and the images about TV in production, transmission and consumption. In the nesting of the TV as an image and the images in the TV, the viewer is promised a utopian vision that can break out of reality on the screen. He reveals in a humorous way the expectations and deceptions inherent in the images.
Through their respective research and reinterpretation of history, the two artists give us the opportunity to meet with different personalities, cultures, worldviews and cosmologies in the exhibition, connecting the "future" in space rather than time, presenting us with the distant past of a future world, constructing a strange imagination, questioning the "only" future that exists, while proposing other imaginations.
Please feel free to participate in our online discussion!