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Jiá Fèng 夹缝
Javier González Pesce, Lei Yan, Nikita Kadan, Yui Inoue, Yuya Suzuki, Zhenhua Li
The exhibition runs from 26 April 2022 to Ongoing
Location: Troy House | London 10-12 New Union Square, London SW117AX
The Troy House Art Foundation annual project “Jiá Fèng 夹缝” will open to the public on the 25th of April, 2022. “Jiá Fèng 夹缝” is initiated by artist Yuan Gong, it is curated to respond to current socio-political crises and human conditions. “Jiá Fèng” means a very limited space - it is referring to people who are recreating a space to stay and survive in such a narrow room. People are looking for the loss during their displacement. When the freedom gradually disappears, where is the freedom of art? “Jiá Fèng” is like a society - a society that is losing its freedom. We are in the Jiá Fèng.
“Jiá Fèng 夹缝” is a dynamic project that engages discussions on topics such as geopolitics, war and refugees, politics and art, and so forth. The project will be open to the public, including exhibitions, screenings and open calls. “Jiá Fèng 夹缝” consists of three projects: the Points Art Residency Retrospective, Voices from Ukraine and an artist residency Open Call in 2022.
Points Art Residency Retrospective
“Jiá Fèng 夹缝” begins with a retrospective of Points Art residencies: Points Art Residency is an artists residency program initiated by Troy house Art Foundation in 2017. It started in Jinxi, China - an ancient water town located in Suzhou. With the outbreak of the global pandemic in 2020, Points was forced to suspend the residency program and began to migrate to another location. The Points Art Residency Retrospective Exhibition will present the works of four artists - Javier González Pesce, YuiInoue, Yuya Suzuki and Lei Yan, in collaboration with S-AIR(JP); and a dialogue (with Zhenhua Li) on Yuan Gong's poem “夹缝”. These works present the boundaries and connections between people and the world in the form of sound, video, installation and public art, and also attempt to respond to the ideal image and symbolic system of the underlying world shared in cross-cultural contexts. Not only do the works present the current reality, but constructs a special time-space relationship between history, time, field and event as well.
Voices from Ukraine
Unlike the retrospective, ‘Voices from Ukraine’ is more of a progressive tense with lost freedom. The first phase will invite artist Nikita Kadan from Kyiv to continuously transmit images, sounds and videos to the exhibition site in the form of an online residency for a month. In addition, a concurrent screening program will feature films on war, immigration and borders.
Points Art Residency Program 2022
In the meantime, Troy House will open its residence space in Wales, England. Within it, the Points Art Residency Program 2022 is due to be launched officially, and three residency artists will be recruited worldwide (including a Ukrainian artist). The Wales space situates in Monmouth, where the winding river divides and emerges into an independent area. While the main body of the space has a complex and multi-dimensional history. As follows a new home of art is being reclaimed and built.