Ma Qiusha, Lu Yang at Wesleyan University-Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art, one of the first exhibitions in the United State to look at a new generation of artists emerging in China, will be on view in the Main Gallery at Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, from Tuesday, January 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm. Gallery admission is free. This exhibition features works by Sun Xun, Jin Shan, Ma Qiusha, Lu Yang, Bo Wang, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Shi Zhiying, Guo Xi, and Yan Xing. The exhibition is curated by Guest Curator Barbara Pollack.
Each of the ten artists in this exhibition were born in China after 1976, growing up with both the "One Child Policy" and the "Open Door Policy," experiencing far greater opportunities and access to information about contemporary art movements than their predecessors. Their artworks reflect a major shift in Chinese contemporary art away from identifiable icons and stereotypes of Chinese culture to more experimental approaches to the issue of Chinese identity.
The exhibition takes its name from “WeChat”, a Chinese messaging app with over 600 million users worldwide. With most of the artists living in China and a few living in the United States, “WeChat” is one of the few commonalities shared by all the artists in this exhibition. By establishing a dialogue between these artists, the exhibition "We Chat" offers a new vision of Chinese identity, one that is more fluid, subtle, and more open to global influences. The artists work in every medium—painting, photography, installation and video, even a fully operational video game built around a character called Uterusman. Together, these artists represent ageneration on the rise whose artworks will certainly command international attention in the near future.