CHINA IN FOUR SEASONS:
4 July – 6 September 2009
Curated by Rhana Devenport
International Artist in Residence Jin Jiangbo is the first artist to feature in a sequential series of four exhibitions and residencies spanning a year entitled China in Four Seasons. Over the past twenty years art practice in China has undergone tremendous shifts making 2009 a potent moment to examine the extraordinary power and scope of artists working in the country today. This century has witnessed unprecedented attention on Chinese contemporary art from the (western) international arts community while arts production and infrastructure within China has radically expanded and redefined itself. The current global financial crisis has now provoked a dramatic deflation of the Chinese art market.
It is against this backdrop of worldwide economic malaise that Jin Jiangbo presents his most recent series of photographic works. Begun in late 2007, his vast and penetrating photographs offer an immediate response to recent seismic economic, political and cultural shifts. Using series titles such as Great Economic Retreat, China Market Scene and Shanghai, Shanghai, these current works reveal complex layers within the unique socialist economic landscape of China.
As the Govett-Brewster’s 2009 International Artist in Residence Jin Jiangbo will also explore related concerns by examining disused architectural sites within a New Zealand context through a residency in Taranaki.
A single publication will accumulate over the four seasons to trace and document the generation and discussion of practice as the project unfurls.
The Artist in Residence programme is offered in partnership with Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki and with support from Creative New Zealand. This exhibtion is also supported by Asia New Zealand Foundation, Radio Network Taranaki and Te Kairanga Wines.
GOVETT-BREWSTER ART GALLERY
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10.00am – 5pm daily