Curated by Anita Chen, Yuting He, Yidan Pang & Ashley Wang
April 20th - May 11th
Lower Level Exhibition Space
Monk with Tailcoat by Wei Shen & TV Girl 1 (Button) by Caroline Lee Liu
Zhou B Art Center is pleased to announce Light Sleepers, a group exhibition presented by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The exhibition features 11 emerging artists based in Chicago, and will be on view at Zhou B Art Center on the lower floor, from April 20th to May 11th, 2018, with an opening reception on Friday, April 20th at 7pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Light Sleepers is curated by Anita Chen, Yuting He, Yidan Pang, and Ashley Wang. Funding and support are provided by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The exhibition was inspired by a conversation in Lu Xun’s Call to Arms, “But if a few light sleepers wake up, you can’t say there is no hope of destroying the iron house.” He enlightened generations of young people to remain conscious and critical of anything unjustified. By using this metaphor, the curators want to provide a space for artists to establish individualities, to present voices, to confront routines, and to reject the numbness and subjection to all kinds of structural violences. In addition, Light Sleepers is also an open forum for broader critiques of the status quo in the global society.
Blind Massage by Guanyu Xu & Installation by Elaine Hsu
The featured artists are current students from SAIC with a Chinese/Asian cultural background. Their art practices cover multiple disciplines such as video, painting, photography, sculpture and sound. Coming from transnational backgrounds, the artists are sensitive to common practices, stereotypes, and societal trends. Expressing the struggles with such constraints in everyday life, they transcend the definition of identities and keep exploring through artistic approaches.
Featured artists include Judith Fang, Kat Gu, Leah Ke Yi, Caroline Lee Liu, Xiaotang Sun, Guanyu Xu, and Wei Shen. Featured artist groups include Oltree Hui & Xinyu “Frank” Meng, and Elaine Hsu & Craig Stam.
Sound Dairy by Xiaotang Sun