The Xenophobia of Time?
30th May – 4th June 2017
Clerkenwell Gallery, London, United Kingdom
‘The Xenophobia of Time?’ is a week-long exhibition curated by Ying-Hsuan Tai exploring the pertinent issues of migration. It takes place in Clerkenwell Gallery, London from 30th May to 4th June 2017. Works by the artists Edwin Mingard, Nele Vos, Shao-Jie Lin and Ting-Ting Cheng examine the intricacies of a particularly uncertain future created by the processes of obtaining entry to a state, renewing a visa or gaining citizenship.
Migration has generally been seen only as a spatial process yet it is, in fact, also a temporal process. A large number of migrants have to spend extended periods in waiting. Waiting is a particular and peculiar experience of time. For both the economic and the displaced migrants this experience is only exacerbated. Unexplained delays, forever changing requirements and ambiguity in status create a seemingly eternal circle of hope and despair.
The exhibition comes from the urgency to visualise the veiled sides of migrant’s experiences in this time of accelerating global migration. It contemplates the importance of art in responding to such issues, whilst asking of its abilities to interact with the public’s way of seeing. All the works in the show examine the effects of prolonged waiting, the power of authorised documents and the will of those in control.
Shao-Jie Lin’s ‘A Passport to Everywhere’ and ‘Postcards from Nowhere’ utilise used materials to rethink the freedom and restriction of border crossing. ‘The Road On Which The Sun Never Sets’ comprised of a poster from the EU referendum and a video that features those places from across the globe that share either a British-original name of district or a British-Monarch title of road. The video aims to take the viewers on a historical tour of the former British Empire highlighting similarities and contradictions between the past, present and possible future.
The interactive installation ‘Citizenshop’ by Nele Vos explores the multidimensional means of citizenship in a neoliberal world, pondering the contradictory question: What makes a good citizen?
Ting-Ting Cheng’s reverse travel guide and performance ‘How to get out of London in 30 days’ reveals the imperialistic illusion constructed by mass media and the immigration policy of the British government in response to the growing xenophobic atmosphere.
The short film ‘Break’ by Edwin Mingard follows an immigrant as he collects the stories of other immigrants living in London as they question their identity and sense of belonging in the midst of protracted waiting.
The exhibition aims to raise a number of questions: Is waiting indicative of life? And if so, to what extent? If time does not deal in paper work, if time does not exclude, then who does?
Who is the xenophobic?
London-based British artist Edwin Mingard works principally with moving image, making standalone artists’ film and installations. He often takes on mainstream and accessible forms – documentary, music video, glossy magazine in order to engage with wide public rather than just art people and the gallery environment. The intertwining strands of technological and social change are central to Mingard’s works, and of particular interest is the combined rise of computer processing power and the network that has happened within his own lifetime. His works has been commissioned by the BFI, RSA, Northern Film+Media, the Wellcome Trust, Film London and many other bodies, including academic institutions, public and independent arts organisations and festivals.
Berlin-based German designer, artist Nele Vos was educated at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London in MA Narrative Environments. In her work as a creative activist, she’s interested in the meaning and alternative use of space in times of globalisation and migration. In here she explores the mental and physical borders of space and tries to make them visible through narrative techniques, provocation and participation. Nele’s work has been recently published by View Point Magazine (London), Die Gestalten (Berlin), Volume Magazine (Amsterdam) and was till recently on show in the TATE Exchange Program ‘Who are WE?’ at Tate Modern Switch House.
London-based Taiwanese artist Shao-Jie Lin’s practices consistently navigate his distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility toward anthropological and geopolitical concerns. His works applied digital media, installation, video and sculpture, focusing on the issue around border, mobility, equality and justice which Lin describe as a sort of ‘Utopian speculation’. Lin’s works has been exhibited recently in the group exhibitions ‘Start-Up: Slow Accident’, Nieuw Dakota Gallery (Amsterdam), ‘Transit Border – A Way to Utopia?’, Enclave Project Lab (London), ‘Fair Booth Trial’, Carousel London (London), he had also participated artist in residencies at Merz Barn (Lake District, UK) and Joya Arte + Ecología (Andalusia, Spain). Lin is currently studying his MFA Fine Arts degree at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Taiwanese artist Ting-Ting Cheng was educated at University of Westminster in MA Photographic Studies, and received MFA degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2012. Cheng’s practice applied images, videos, sound, texts and objects to form installations or interventions, exploring the concept of foreignness, nationhood, immigration by examining languages, history and mass media. Her works has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibition at Taipei Fine Art Museum, Galerie Grand Siècle (Taiwan), Identity Gallery (Hong Kong), Gallery Nomart (Japan), Addaya Art Centre, Luis Adelantado (Spain), Rowan Art (London) as well as group shows including Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architechture (Shenzen), III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (Moscow), Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (Sao Paulo), National Art Museum of China (Beijing). She had participated artist in residencies at Addaya Art Centre (Spain), GlogauAIR (Berlin), Zero Station (HCMC), Beatrice Tate School, Ben-Uri Museum (London), Xianger (Taiwan) and INIVA (London).
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Supported by MFA Curating, Goldsmiths