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Friday 8 March 2013

we are setting up HomeLand

today is women's day. Oh wow! MY DAY! (???) Here it was definitely Liu Tao's day and the great people helping us setting up his show.

And we eat noodles, drink beer and listen to Air!!

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Lao Yao and Liu Tao

Saturday 2 March 2013

HomeLand

Friday 8 February 2013

SNAKE!




祝您新年健康 蛇年红红火火!

We are wishing you a

healthy,

happy,

and

prosperous

New Year

of

the

SNAKE!

Thursday 31 January 2013

our booth at ART GENEVE

Saturday 26 January 2013

ART Genève 2013

stage候台BACK is pleased to participate with a solo project by Bili Bidjocka at Art Genève, presenting recent works from his first exhibition in China « …Do Not Take It, Do Not Eat It, This Is Not My Body… » ), that was held during the 9th Shanghai Biennale in October 2012. This project is made possible in co-production with Gallery Olivier Robert.

We hope to welcome you!


Bili Bidjocka, "Dis-ambiguation Nr 3", digital print on ceramic plate, 40 cm diameter, 2012

Denied transubstantiation

The body has played a major role in the history of art. In contemporary art, however, it is invested with new meanings that go beyond the notion of traditional portraiture. The body can now convey a different kind of narration. In his work, Bili Bidjocka has always leaned towards absence, immateriality. In the series of works entitled This is not my body, he chose to introduce an embodiment he refuses as soon as it appears before us. His Shanghai presentation is paradigmatic in this respect, representing the Communion table as an empty space without guests. It is a conspicuous message: the body, or at least the body parts printed on these plates, are foreign to him. The body no longer belongs to its owner and becomes a metaphor. The embodiment of the self is here something that the viewer must approach and grasp in all the complexity of its multiple dimensions. The body becomes matter. Paradoxically, it is this embodiment which transforms it into an abstraction, as Henri-Pierre Jeudi appropriately notes: "The images of the body do not affect the body as a separate entity, they befall simultaneously as images of the world. Language can only build random classifications, which will invariably lend a near-delusional meaning to the interpretation. To some extent, the collision of body images reveals the absence of a proper body language. Indeed, the ways in which the body is spoken already implies a negation of the image by the implicit objectification of meaning" .

This fractured body is not black. It only becomes so when claimed as such. And the message it conveys is not its own entirely. It is a blank canvas, a connecting passage between the artist and the viewer, between the personal and the public spheres. It is the centre of an eternal conflict, deeply fed by the negotiation of the contradictory notion of perception. On the one side, there is the perceived body, the conveyed image and, on the other one, the interpretation thereof. Mastering this dual reality demands amplifying its meaning. We should do so to avoid the misunderstandings, stereotypes and misconceptions that accompany any idea of representation. By denying his exposed body, Bili Bidjocka refuses the mediumistic operation of transubstantiation. By cutting his body into thirteen parts, incarnating Christ and its Twelve Apostles, his inner reality dissolves in detail. He is no longer there. Vanished and gone. Once again, we are faced with the absence, because what our eyes should contemplate lies beyond the realm of visibility. We should, as suggested by Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida, "close our eyes to see better". 

Simon Njami, January 2013

Henri-Pierre Jeudi, The body as an object of art, Paris, Armand Collin / Masson, 1998
  

Bili Bidjocka, "Dis-ambiguation Nr 6, 11, 9", digital print on ceramic plate, 40 cm diameter, 2012

 

Art Genève, PALEXPO SA, Route Francois-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex/GE, Switzerland.

Opening hours:

Thursday  January 31, 12h – 20h 
Friday  February 01,  12h – 20h
Saturday February 02, 12h – 20h
Sunday  February 03,  12h – 20h


Thursday 24 January 2013

PING PONG PING PONG PING PONG PING PONG

while most artsy people in this region are cruising around Singapore for ART-STAGE these days,

we keep fit and warm around the so (in China) beloved ping pong table and  slowly welcome the up and coming holiday season.

Tuesday 22 January 2013

ARTINFO on the LOVE book

mentioned our LOVE book on their website, click HERE to read the full article

Friday 18 January 2013

the catalogs arrived!!! 作品集到了!!!

... just in time, 24h before our book launch party, the catalogs arrived. We are proud that we were able to realize this document and are very pleased that we found two great partners for our project.

Thanks to the German Center in Shanghai and the Goethe Institute in Shanghai for their support!

太及时了,我们发布会前24小时,作品集到了。很荣幸,我们认识到这部集子的价值,同时非常高兴,我们找到了两个这么棒的合作机构。

感谢上海德国中心和上海歌德学院的支持!

Announcement for the book launch party tomorrow 作品集发布party明天举行

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Liu Tao's new works from back home 刘涛在江西老家拍摄的新作

Photographer Liu Tao is spending some time in his parents home town, Gao'an City in Jiangxi province. 

Never tired of using his camera, we just received new works:

摄影师刘涛正在老家江西高安县陪伴父母。

但他对摄影毫不厌倦,我们刚刚收到了他的新作:

Sunday 13 January 2013

Time out mag on Chris Gill's secret 7 club house

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