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英文的环球时报(GLOBAL TIMES)对宋庄艺术节的报导  

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Songzhuang fest crosses over art

 

Going for a Songzhuang?

 

Songzhuang fest crosses over art

  • Source: Global Times
  • [22:59 September 08 2010]
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Songzhuang Art Gallery. Photo: IC.

 

By Wu Ziru

 

The 6th Songzhuang Culture and Arts Festival will begin Friday, offering art lovers a month of activities and exhibitions and taking a more international focus than previous years.

With Crossover as its theme, this year's festival will host four large-scale exhibitions, each with a different title and each including a wide variety of works.

One of the highlights will be an exhibition displaying visual artworks from art institutions of 11 countries, including Germany, Canada, Russia, Japan, India, Thailand and Georgia. Each artist has been jointly selected by the institutions and the organizers of the festival.

"By inviting artists from around the world to participate in this festival we hope to offer more international perspectives for both artists and art lovers in China," said general curator Yue Luping. "Songzhuang is always open to all artists from around the world."

Following last year's theme Community! Community!, which was proposed by renowned art critic Li Xianting, this year's festival will also include a section displaying works from different art communities across the country. Each art district will have its own location at the festival, featuring recently created artworks by artists representing each community.

A total of 11 art communities will participate, offering a panoramic view of artistic creation from across China. Artists from Tibet, Xinjiang and Taiwan, that have rarely been collectively shown before, will participate in this section, offering an excellent opportunity to comprehensively observe visual art from these districts.

A series of forums on creativity industries will also be held at the festival, with activities including music, poetry and drama on the program.

As the festival aims to cross artistic lines, audiences will have the chance to enjoy some of the most avant-garde and independent performances in these areas, according to the organizer, with their inclusion aimed at meeting the theme Crossover and helping the festival to become more diversified.

"Music, poetry and drama are also fields of art that need much creativity and that is part of what the theme Crossover at this year's festival means," Yue explained. "We hope all art genres can learn from each other and Songzhuang is a base for artists of all fields, not those working on visual art only."

 

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A painting by Russian artist Byklet Lobareva, to be on show at the festival.

 

Widely referred to as the biggest artistic district in China, Songzhuang is located in Tongzhou district, in the eastern suburbs of Beijing and covers an area of 14.6 square kilometers. After artists from Yuanmingyuan Art District were expelled in the late 1990s some of them moved to Songzhuang to rebuild their studios. Gradually more and more artists settled there and now it now serves as a base for over 2,000 artists from all fields.

The annual Songzhuang Cultural and Arts Festival was initiated in 2005 with the aim to provide artists in the district with a platform to showcase their works and communicate with each other. As the festival grew it has attracted artists not only from across the country but also from across the globe.

Today, with its ever-increasing popularity in the international art world, the festival committee hopes to make Songzhuang the central arts district in the capital. Hu Jiebao, secretary of the Party Committee of Songzhuang announced in July that a series of infrastructure projects will be  launched in the area next year.

Songzhuang will be redefined as a "ready village" for all artists, like the SoHo of New York, according to Hu. "Every artist here will enjoy their living and working environment," he said.

This year's festival will run until October 10.

 

Going for a Songzhuang?

  • Source: Global Times
  • [10:56 September 09 2010]
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英文的环球时报(GLOBAL TIMES)对宋庄艺术节的报导 - yueluping2009 - yueluping2009的博客
Ditie 01-06 by Carlos Corres, Spain.

 

By Vera Penêda

 

A massive art festival entitled Crossover is to kick off tomorrow at the Songzhuang art village where a crowd of 100 artists from China and overseas will showcase a wide array of artworks. In its 6th edition but relatively underpublicized and billed as an international event but organized under official supervision, the festival is an opportunity for foreign artists to break into discerning Songzhuang, which houses 3,000 artists and China's biggest museum. But it is also a maneuver to push artists out of other art districts in Beijing.  

About 100 artists from China and 14 other countries will showcase their works on one of the biggest art events in town running until October 10. With headquarters at the Sunshine International Museum (SIAM), the largest art museum in China, topic exhibitions, conferences, collectors meetings, music, film and poetry reading sessions were also announced.

 

Breaking boundaries

 

Crossover is a rare opportunity to see works from countries usually under represented in the Chinese art circuit and as diverse as Georgia, Cuba, DPKR and Iran, according to the official press release and even though the organization of the event was unable to put us in direct contact with the artists. "It's more than just exhibiting art, this place is about being part of a community of artists," said Alexander, 40, from the capital city of Tbilisi in Georgia, happy with the opportunity to show at Songzhuang. A resident in Beijing for six years, Alexander will show a series of three sculptures "strongly inspired by his country." Originally from South Korea, 33-year-old performance artist Gim Guang-cheol will showcase his works for the first time in China, after a six-month residency in town. "I'm really excited. It's great to be entering in such a dynamic artistic circuit," said Gim, adding that is "a fantastic opportunity to exhibit at an international festival alongside so many artists."

Meeting the Crossover topic, Australian artist Jayne Dyer will present a photographic series entitled The Old World's New World. "It's really a play on words to enter a world where we all live in currently: a stage of change and constant flux between past and future," she explained, stressing its strong meaning in "a changing China." Among the Chinese heavyweights donating credibility to the festival are names like Fan Lijun and Yue Minjun. "In six years, the festival evolved from a rather simple and rough art gathering to a mature event and more international arena," said Yue Minjun, whose laughing self-portraits have made him one of the most well-recognized Chinese artists abroad. Pointing out that the majority of the artwork on display is not made in China, Yue said: "I'll only showcase one piece that is of my 3009 AD Series, featuring the attitude of people in 1,000 years."

Yue praised Songzhuang as a more genuine art district: "It has a unique artistic and communication atmosphere. Many artists were born and bred here; the creative process and art production are on sight making Songzhuang a hub to exchange ideas and promote greater artistic vitality."

 

Second intentions

 

Although curators agree that Songzhuang will be an extraordinary platform to give visibility and welcome foreign artists to a discreet yet powerful art area, some are more skeptical about the festival's mission to push artistic boundaries. Some foreign organizers suggest artistic intentions veil a parallel agenda to draw into the area that Chinese artists refuse to relocate from 798 Art District and Caochangdi, halting the long-debated official plan to commercialize 798 and demolish Caochangdi, the traditional art hubs.

"I think this event may also be a tremendous real estate operation," said one curator, on condition of anonymity. "We know the authorities are trying to end some of other artistic clusters in town. This event is a way of telling to Chinese artists that Songzhuang can be an international platform of visibility and therefore the best art district to live in," said the curator, adding that "dubious qualitative criteria reveals a weak target to be on the forefront of contemporary art." Another curator said that providing Chinese artists with residency programs outside China was an initial condition. "I was told that our artists could participate if I could guarantee that Chinese artists were going to have residency programs in my country next year," the curator said, adding that this demand ended up not taking effect.

An epic promotional video and formal press release numbers the official sponsors before introducing the event and shows a long list of official committees and nine overseas coordinators, none of whom speaks English. The web links to the festival are only available in Chinese.

 

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The Old World's New World 1 by Jayne Dyer, Australia.

 

Join the clan

Crossover is about "crossing the boundaries of different countries and regions, cultures and industries, daily life and innovation, government and society to redefine artistic vigor," said Eva Hao, the only English speaking  spokesperson for the festival. Mainly organized by word of mouth within the art scene, the main boundary to be overcome was breaking into a thriving artistic community off the beaten path, said curators and artists.

"This is an extremely important experience for the artists," said Esteban Andueza, the curator of the Spanish section that is showcasing about 25 artworks by 13 artists. "The works produced by the artists during their residence at Songzhuang show the dynamism, theme and style crossover of contemporary art. They came here and their works were born out of the opportunity to be part of a singular community and out of a discovery of China alongside native artists," he added.

On the Year of Australian Culture in China, the country gathered a strong team of 12 artists to be at Songzhuang. "In many respects this is a far out cluster," said Reg Newitt, curator of the Australian section. "There are about 3,000 artists living here, six museums and a strong government presence," explained the curator. "Australia will exhibit a diverse body of work in terms of ideas, media and viewpoints, to represent a fair spread of Australian contemporary art," he said. "Meaningful" is how Jayne Dyer describes participating at the event because "Songzhuang is a very large artistic community where experts and art lovers meet. To have such a major event here instead of downtown will bring an international focus to this area, showing that art and artistic dialogue is not confined to the center of major cities."

Hao was quick to praise Songzhuang has the "most successful example of a native art area in Beijing that sets it apart from 798 and Caochangdi, under a very strong Western influence."

 

For more information visit: www.chinasongzhuang.cn

Chen Jing contributed to this story.  

verapeneda@globaltimes.com.cn

 

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Urban Lascaux by Abel Robino, Argentina-Spain.

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Passive Agressive by James Newitt, Australia.

 

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The Southern Cross, Guan Wei, Australia-China. Photos: Courtesy of Crossover      

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