Zheng Guogu in conversation with Aaron Seeto
Thursday 30 October 2014, 6.30-7.30pm
Venue: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
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Join us for a conversation between acclaimed Chinese artist Zheng Guogu (郑国谷) and Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
Zheng Guogu is internationally recognised for producing large-scale installations and architectural interventions that highlight the absurd and often ironic connections between traditional Chinese culture and everyday life. He works both independently and as a leading member of the Chinese contemporary art collective, Yangjiang Group, based in the coastal city of Yangjiang in the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province. As part of a generation of Chinese artists who have been affected by the explosion of global market forces, Zheng’s art practice questions the meaning of calligraphy, painting, performance and architecture in our globalised contexts.
Zheng Guogu will discuss the emergence of Yangjiang Group during the early 2000s; the artistic strategies employed by the group living outside the key centres of artistic production in China; and their idiosyncratic perspective on the relationship between culture and everyday activities such as gambling, gaming, drinking tea, calligraphy, food and built environments. Zheng will also discuss previous projects of Yangjiang Group and the development of a major new project for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to be presented in January 2015.
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The conversation is presented in association with University of Sydney China Studies Centre.
About Zheng Guogu’s visit
Zheng Guogu will be in Sydney undertaking a site visit at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour where the Yangjiang Group will exhibit and perform in a special project to take place in early 2015. You can participate and support this major project by supporting 4A’s Kickstarter crowdfunding Initiative to bring these artists to Australia.
Yangjiang Group – Actions for Tomorrow is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art with the support of the Chinese Garden of Friendship, The Australia Council for the Arts, City of Sydney and the Australia-China Council.
Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters: Deborah Paauwe, Geoff, Anna Waldmann, Hanna Barber, Antonio Lopez, Michael Snelling, Eliane Marti, Elke Wohlfahrt, Caroline Chanthaporn, Michael McGregor, Yu Ye Wu, Michèle Reymond, Julia Champtaloup, Luise Guest, Annette Larkin, Sally Brand, Gina Fairley, JZT, Johnny Stark. Mingyue Zhou, Jennifer Stafford, James Turnbull, Bonita Ely, Hong An James Nguyen, Pedro de Almeida, Kyle Weise, Michael Rolfe, Sarah McGhee, Sam Wild, Kim Spinks, Kiong Lee, Xia Li Summerfield, Sam, Rebecca Craig, Bridget Ikin, Harrie Sengers, Willi’s WIne Bar, Naomi Shedlezki, Annette Shun Wah, Jason Phu, Tony Albert, Michele Sandoz, Mark Connolly, Lena Walter, Gerda can den Bergh, Elliott Blesdoe, Chloé Wolifson, Pam Hewitt, Mikala Tai, Winnie Chan, Toby Chapman, Jane O’Sullivan, Monique Claire, Jess Scully, John Choi, Tatyana, Sheila Pham, Ronana Sulich, Jun Qiu, Jane Somerville, Dick Quan, Gene Sherman, Kirsty Collins, Jayanto Damanik, Brooke Aitken, Lucy Wang, Daniel Droga, Nicholas Forrest, Andrew Rothery, Christine Maroussis, Stephanie Pereira, John Lam-Po-Tang and Lorraine Heller-Nicholas.