I Recognized the World: Born in the 80s and 90s
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Yinchuan
2021.09.25 – 2022.01.09
Exhibition Director: Lv Peng
Curator: Wang Xiaosong
Assistant Curator: Zhao Ziyi
Artists (In alphabetical order)
Chen Dandizi, Cheng Xinhao, Chi Peng, Ge Yulu, Hu Jiayi, Hu Weiyi, Hu Yinping, Li Binyuan, Liu Xin, Ma Haijiao, Tong Kunniao, Wang Zhiyi, Wu Wei, Wu Ziyang, Xu Yibo, Yang Di, Yang Mushi, Ying Xin Xun, Yu Ying, Zhang Zipiao, Zhou Zanzhu

2021.09.25 – 2022.01.09


This exhibition revolves around Chinese artists born in the last two decades of the 20th century. The 1980s was the most important watershed in the modern history of the world, and was also the moment when we met the world again. It took only 20 years for us from recognizing and arguing about the world in ignorance, confusion and anxiety, to the self-acceptance as a part of the modern world in peace of mind. If you regard joining the WTO again as a sign, it happened to divide the era into two twenty years. It seems destined that this generation are "born" as "specimens" for "us" to watch the world and the relationship between "us" and the world. Using vision as the main means of expression, art shapes the history of ideas and is shaped by ideas simultaneously.
However, neither art nor ideas in the general sense are fabricated out of nothing, and the problem-oriented exhibitions should be more vigilant against falsification. Between works and ideas, we first construct a chain of evidence through the process of "resources-motivation-methods-objectives/results", and then return to the corresponding ideas for comparison, judgment and screening. Taking the 1980s as the starting point of "life", this exhibition gets into the issues of the artist’s concern through the focus of the artwork, and then discusses the methods they use when raising or responding to these issues. These issues are presented in the exhibition into four sections : "Fables Turn the World", "Intimate Relationship", "Finding the Lost Lands"and "Human , humankind!".
In terms of the composition of artists, the exhibition tries to maintain a proportional balance between age (post-80s or post-90s), gender, and educational background (at home or abroad), and the artists were deliberately distributed to avoid people who have exactly the same attributes in the above three conditions to appear in the same section. The world has never been homogeneous. People in this generation have a huge "jet lag" with their parents who were active at the time of their birth, even each group and individual have their own differences in the acquisition of social resources and the formation of their worldview. And the difference in micro-social factors is often the most important influence in the process of concretizing the same world. Art does not lie. The issues, methods and basic attitudes reflected in art can often be mutually confirmed with the life and experience of the artist.
When globalization is turning due to various reasons and the world is blocked by the epidemic, the exhibition site also flashbacks from present. We admitted that the thinking of each artist was much more complicated than the classification of the exhibition. The works of different sections are explicitly or implicitly related, and the theme is only the greatest common divisor of the topic he/she/they cares about; we also admitted that the purpose of most of the works were universal. But frankly speaking, we don’t care about the "international", the only thing we care about are their expressions of "I", "We" and "the world related to us".