My Beautiful Shanghai 我美丽的上海
About the Event 关于活动
We are honored to invite Song Tao, the artist with four videos on view in “Walking on the Fade Out Lines”, and Shi Hantao, who acted in My Beautiful Zhangjiang, to have a dialogue with one of the curators of this exhibition Hsieh Feng-Rong. The conversation between the artist, the actor and the curator will lead us to behind-the-scene stories of the artwork as well as the practice of the artist. Through the discussion based on the artwork, we hope to discuss how our perspectives change when we view Shanghai as hometown or a place in which one lives, instead of as a “tourist resort” or an “economic miracle”.
Song Tao (Shanghai, China, 1979)
From the Last Century, 2006, video, 16:9, color, sound, 34'00''. Courtesy of Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection
The video shows three different episodes taking place in the urban space of Shanghai, which follows the lives of some youngsters of the same age as the artist. In all three cases, the actions do not have a specific meaning; the title itself refers to a remote time, amplifying the spectators' sense of estrangement. Song Tao, who has chosen Shanghai as his privileged object of observation, creates images that describe the urban experience, the life of the city and of its inhabitants, evoking the atmospheres and sensations of a flâneur in a 21st-century Asian metropolis.
My Beautiful Zhangjiang, 2006, video, 16:9, color, sound, 10'06''. Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery
In My Beautiful Zhangjiang, the main female character is a white-collar worker working in Zhangjiang High Technology Park. In her dreams, she is “moved” along by people over one brand new road after another. Zhangjiang High Technology Park was established in 1992; located in Pudong, it is acclaimed as China’s Silicon Valley. Those working in the area are generally considered as the “new tech elites” who seem to give an outward show of rosy vibrance. Yet reality is different: the dry-as-dust nine-to-five work and the isolated town far from the city center are miles apart from the promising prospects of the Technology Park.
Pride, 2004, video, 16:9, color, sound, 1'00''. Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery
Pride is taken from the image at the Battle of Iwo Jima—only that the American flag has become a bed sheet, with a group of young people hoisting the “bed sheet” on the rooftop, resisting the gales, experiencing pride from persevering with the essence of life.
Song Tao & B6
Three Days Ago, 2004, video, 16:9, black and white, sound, 8'00''. Courtesy of the artists and ShanghART Gallery
Three Days Ago is created in collaboration with the artist B6 like a music video. The artist has observed how people’s everyday lives are quietly changing. The artist describes the city as a fortress in space, constantly changing forms, while the people dwelling inside along with the urban space itself have no choice—since the motor of change originates in unstoppable political and economic elements.
《从上世纪来》，2006 年，16:9 彩色有声单频录像，34 分00 秒
《我美丽的张江》，2006 年, 16：9 彩色有声单频录像, 10分06 秒
《骄傲》，2004 年, 16：9 彩色有声单频录像, 1 分00 秒
宋涛、B6 (1981 年出生于中国上海)
《三天前》，2004 年, 16：9 黑白有声单频录像, 8 分00 秒
About the Speakers 关于讲者
Song Tao was born in Shanghai in 1979. He lives and works in Shanghai. He works primarily with video and photographs to depict ordinary reality, using his life, that of his friends, and their every day surroundings as the primary subject of his work. Creating images that tell about the urban experience, the life of the city and of its inhabitants, and evoking the atmospheres and sensations of a flâneur in an Asian 21st-century metropolis is the obsession of the artist, who has chosen Shanghai as his privileged object of observation. The artist looks for a reading key other than the value of presence, his own presence and that of others, in the Asian metropolis, trying to exorcise the fear that everything may merge into a flat, undifferentiated scenario.
Shi Hantao, The Chief Coordinator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale. He used to work at EPSON Image Space, Rockbund Art Museum, Chronus Art Center, Ray Art Center and Shanghai Project. He has curated and organized exhibitions and public programs in various art organizations during last two decades. His writing and translation work covers the fields of photography, contemporary art and institutional studies.
Hsieh Feng-Rong is the senior curator and founding staff member of Rockbund Art Museum; he joined Rockbund Art Museum in 2009 during its preparatory stage. He was the coordinator of the renovation process and implemented the institutional structure of the museum. He has been working with many internationally renowned artists, including Cai Guoqiang, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Huan, Michael Lin, Duan Jianyu, Hu Xiaoyuan, Xu Bing, Bharti Kher, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Bradford, Chen Zhen and Philippe Parreno. In 2013, he got involved in founding the first HUGO BOSS ASIA ART award and was also the project manager for the award. Recent exhibitions curated by Hsieh include: “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” (co-curated with Amy Cheng, 2016, Shanghai), "RAM HIGHLIGHT 2017: DISPLACE" (curatorial team, 2017, Shanghai), "Walking on the Fade out Lines"(co-curated with Larys Frogier, 2018, Shanghai), “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” (co-curated with Amy Cheng, 2018, Turin).
谢丰嵘，现任上海外滩美术馆资深策展人。2009年加入上海外滩美术馆进行筹备开馆工作，担任场馆改造工程协调工作，同时与美术馆团队建立各项制度。至今，曾为国内外多位知名艺术家制作展览，包括蔡国强、曾梵志、张洹、林明弘、段建宇、胡晓媛、徐冰、巴尔提•卡尔、乌戈•罗迪纳、马克•布拉德福德、陈箴、菲利普•帕雷诺等。2013年参与规划首届HUGO BOSS亚洲艺术家大奖，并为项目经理。近年共同策划的展览：“告诉我一个故事：地方性与叙事”（2016年，上海）、RAM HIGHLIGHT 2017：错置（2017年，上海）、“行将消退——作品来自山德雷托•雷•雷包登戈收藏”（2018年，上海）、“告诉我一个故事：地方性与叙事”（2016年，都灵）。