Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fwd: 大家庭:是兄弟,不是同志-- 林一林艺术方案 Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades-- A project by Lin Yilin

hello friends!

we are having a small gathering at the arrow factory this sunday (2009.06.14) from 4-6pm as part of a new project by Lin Yilin. If you are in the area, please stop by and visit us. it would be great to see you.


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Subject: 大家庭:是兄弟,不是同志-- 林一林艺术方案 Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades-- A project by Lin Yilin

6月14日星期天下午四时至六时请光临本次展 览的特别活动!
Please join us for a special event on Sunday, June 14, 4-6pm
Lin Yilin



2009年6月15日-2009年 8月9日

《大家庭:是兄弟,不是同志》,是一个从看似无关紧要的立场出发来讲述所谓重大事件,进而探讨集体与个人经历之间动态变化的项 目。林一林一改"历史"作为重大事件、地点和个体编年史的标准叙事手法,《大家庭:是兄弟,不是同志》这件新作呈现了与平凡、随意和个人密切相关的纪录。 作品试图将附带事件置于核心舞台,进而削弱书面历史的主导方针,把玩我们用以将重要事件从不相干事件中区分出来的方式。

由于采用了宏大的历史年表的风格特征,《大家庭:是兄弟,不是同志》运用录像、摄影和文本,来标记海外华人艺术家这一特定群体中的活动和事件——可以说, 这是一个分布在不同国家和大陆的家庭—他们通过1990年代走出国门这一共同经历而联系起来。其中一些艺术家非常有名,另一些名不见经传;有人横贯欧洲, 而有些则前往美国。一些人功成名就、时来运转,而另一些则贫病交加、郁郁而终。然而,从某些方面来讲,他们的生活不经意间同有意或无意地离开中国后的边缘 生活所导致的事件和经历相联系。描绘这些偶然经历如何发生,如何彼此重合,如何同毛主席、卡尔·马克思以及弗里德里希·恩格斯这些著名政治人物相重叠,重 点强调了这些个别经历和轨迹的随机性和不重要的特征。就像之前在箭厂空间的其它艺术项目一样,《大家庭:是兄弟,不是同志》也考虑到其周边环境和背景语 境,在这种情况下,微渺的个体当中所发生的一系列琐碎事件被有意呈现在一个边缘空间中,唤起我们对于为不同遭遇和经历赋予不同的"重要"程度时我们自身偏 见和判断的关注。年表一直延续至今,箭厂空间和艺术家为此将在六月十四日周日下午四时至六时举办一次特别的非正式活动,在纪念《大家庭:是兄弟,不是同 志》的同时也将这些历史经历在北京一条不起眼的胡同中进行延续。

"箭厂空间"是一个由独立策展人和艺术家组织 策划的艺术橱窗项目。空间位于 北京市中心的胡同里,原本是个小商铺,经过改造后拥有10平方米的展出面积。"箭厂空间"首先希望通过橱窗这种特殊的展示方式,为艺术家的创作方法提供一 种新的可能,空间内定期更新的艺术作品将会在这里每天面对不同的社会群体和文化情境。其次项目自身也试图探讨艺术与日常生活之间的美学关系,尝试艺术创作 与公共空间的有机对话,促进当代艺术的试验,交流与研究。"箭厂空间"将会积极地邀请国内和国外的艺术家提供现场装置和项目。

Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades

A project by Lin Yilin, with works by Cai Qing, Cai Wei and Fang Lu

June 15 – August 9, 2009

Please join us for a special event on Sunday, June 14, 4-6pm

Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades, is a project that explores the dynamic between collective and personal histories through the telling of so-called important events from the perspective of the seemingly insignificant. Inverting the standard narration of 'History' as a chronicle of major events, places and individuals, Lin Yilin's new work, Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades, presents a record that relates to the mundane, arbitrary and personal. The work attempts to undermine dominant strategies of writing history by putting sidelined events into center stage, playing with the ways we distinguish the important from the irrelevant.

Adopting the stylistic hallmarks of a grand historical timeline, Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades uses video, photographs and text to chart the events and episodes amongst a specific group of overseas Chinese artists—a family so to speak, spread across different countries and continents—that are united by their joint experiences in migrating from China during the 1990s. Some of the artists mentioned are famous, some are lesser known; some traversed Europe and some went to America, some encountered fame and fortune while others fell ill and died. Yet their lives are all in some way linked by chance episodes and experiences that result from a life in the margins after voluntary or involuntary exile from China. Tracing how these random histories coincide and overlap with one another and with preeminent political figures such as Chairman Mao, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, underscores the random and nonessential roles of these individual histories and locations. As in previous Arrow Factory projects, Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades is ever mindful of its surrounding environment and context. In this case a set of trivial events occurring amongst minor individuals are purposely presented in a marginal space, calling attention to our own bias and judgment in attaching scales of 'importance' to various encounters and experiences. Continuing the timeline up to the present, Arrow Factory and the artist will hold a special informal event on Sunday, June 14 from 4-6pm to commemorate Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades and to realize the ability for these histories to leave their mark on such far-flung places as an inconsequential hutong alley in Beijing.

Arrow Factory is an independently run alternative storefront space that seeks to advance artistic collaboration, exploration and experimentation across different cultural contexts and viewing publics. Located in a small hutong in Beijing's city center, Arrow Factory reclaims existing commercial space to present artworks that stimulate dialogue between art and contemporary urban space. Aimed at reaching a diverse public made up of local residents, as well as local and international art audiences, our modestly sized space (approx 10 square meters or 100 square feet) is intended to create new avenues for artistic production in China and further aesthetic relationships between contemporary art and everyday life. Arrow Factory will invite artists living inside and outside of China to create site-specific installations and projects that will be available for view in its storefront location 7 days a week.

箭厂胡同38号 (国子监街内)
北京 100007 中国  

Arrow Factory
38 Jianchang Hutong (off Guozijian Jie)
Beijing, 100007 China
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