ASIA NOW presents THE WRITINGS OF TODAY ARE A PROMISE FOR TOMORROW by ZHENG GUOGU and YANGJIANG GROUP, curated by MARTINA KÖPPEL-YANG MAY 7, 2015 - JUNE 28, 2015 PALAZZO MOROSINI, VENICE

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Curatorial platform, promoting the Asian contemporary scene and artistic conversation between East and West. Starts in Venice during the 56th Biennale with a commissioned work from Zheng Guogu and the YangJiang Group curated by Martina Köppel-Yang.

The exhibition will show three different bodies of works : First, "Das Kapital Football" and "God is dead, the Euro dropped to the level of the Dollar, but the Renminbi is still very much alive.", further on display in the same space is "Last Day - Shop of Frozen Entities" and a set of 11 painted flags, part of the series "The Brain Nerves", will be installed in the other rooms and outside the Palazzo. Finally, two videos by Zheng Guogu and a documentary on the artist are on display. All Calligraphy here is not only understood as an artistic practice but also, and most importantly, as a social and political one.

The Writings of Today are a Promise for Tomorrow

Opening May 7th, 2015, 3pm Palazzo Morosini, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice

All day May 8 – June 28, 2015, 11 am- 7 pm

Duddell’s Pop Up May 7-10, 2015

The Writings of Today are a Promise for Tomorrow

Opening May 7th, 2015, 3pm Palazzo Morosini, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice

All day May 8 – June 28, 2015, 11 am- 7 pm

Duddell’s Pop Up May 7-10, 2015

Zheng Guogu is one of the trendsetters of contemporary Chinese art and an internationally acclaimed artist. Even though a central figure of the Chinese art scene, he lives in his hometown, the remote Southern Chinese city of Yangjiang in Canton Province. There he cooperates with local artists and amateurs. One such cooperation is known as the Yangjiang Group (Zheng Guogu, Sun Qingling and Chen Zaiyan). They made their international renown with their original installations, performances and events that are as much inspired by traditional Chinese culture and local folk traditions as by contemporary social practices and tendencies, by mass media and video games.

Martina Köppel-Yang is an independent scholar, curator and specialist in the field of contemporary Chinese art. Her book Semiotic Warfare – The Chinese Avant-garde 1979 – 1989, a Semiotic Analysis (Hong Kong: timezone 8, 2003) is a reference work on the Chinese avant-garde of the 1980s. Her exhibitions include: "Odyssey(s) 2004", (Shanghai, 2004), "Ink, Life, Taste – The 5th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennial" (Shenzhen, 2006),"Adel Abdessemed: The Street is My Heart" (Libreria Borges, Guangzhou, 2007), "Michael Lin" and "Ken Lum: Rorschach Shopkeeper Works" (Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2007). "Becoming Intense – Becoming Animal – Becoming…", (University of Heidelberg, 2009), "Advance through Retreat", Rockbund Museum, Shanghai,2014.

Zheng Guogu "The Brain Nerves - Blessed Virgin Mary" and Zheng Guogu and Yangjiang Group "Last Day - Shop of Frozen Entities" are two works in the exhibition "The Writings of Today are a Promise for Tomorrow". Even though apparently very different they start out from a similar believe. Redundancy and stagnation as results of commodification and the all-mighty capital are juxtaposed with the aspects of energy and energy flow. The artists propose the free flow of energy - and not the flow of capital - as an alternative base for contemporary society.

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