At the top of a steep hill above the village, lies a small
Next to the vegetable garden, a brown and white calf is staring
Temple bells moved by the wind seem to announce my
Suddenly it's wind still and calm, two crows circle high in the
as if floating on water they disappear behind the mountains back
While soft sound-waves of flags waving in the air reach the shell of
my Artist in Residency at TCG Nordica Kunming China, I was invited to
participate in an art project called Exploring Original Nature – Culture
Studies and Art Exhibition, Concerning Lugu Lake.
two weeks I stayed in the small village Zhashi high in the mountains of Lugu
Lake. Working in close contact with the local Musuo people, introduced by Musuo
artist Bova Togo, five other international artists, professor Gao Xiang and his
masterstudents. This turned out to become a very rich experience that touched
my heart. The passion of everyone involved was amazing and the artistic
encounters were many. Below some information about this project that after five
years of preparation is now showing in Kunming, China.
Exploring Original Nature - Cultural Studies
and Art Exhibition concerning Lu Gu Lake
Opening December 10th 2016 until January 21st 2017
This Exhibition takes the opportunity to display the traditional
culture and pristine lifestyle of Mosuo People living near the Lugu Lake area.
It is divided into three major parts. Firstly, in the form of paintings: 1.
Simplicity – landscape and figure paintings of the Lugu Lake and Mosuo people;
2. Inquiry – paintings that advocate environmental protection; and 3.
Transcendentality – contemporary paintings of traditional Mosuo culture, art,
mythology and religion. Secondly, in the form of real objects: Authenticity –
presentation of traditional Mosuo people’s life. And thirdly, in the form of
images and texts: Historicity – theoretical researches of the lifestyle of the
Mosuo people and their oral history and mythology. Also, performances of Mosuo
folk singers and dancers were featured on the Exhibition opening ceremony.
Some of the artists participating in the Exhibition have visited
the Lugu Lake area for their artistic creation in 2010, 2011 and 2014. They
have collected and recorded a large number of videos, photos, literature and
sketches in those trips. In November 16th 2016, Mr. Gao Xiang, Norwegian artist Alfred Vaagsvold,
Swedish artist Christina Hallström, Italian anthropologist Dr. Stefania Renda,
Bangladesh artists Bishwajit Goswami, Tania Sultana, Mong Mong Sho and Dr. Zhao Xingyuan, from the Central Academy of Fine Arts,
went to the Lugu Lake with some young artists again. All the effort is to carry
out more studies for their artistic creation.
By combining previously acquired materials and art works, the
Exhibition aims at exhibiting, to the greatest extent, both the art works and
The exhibition would break through the limitations posed by the
professionalism of traditional art exhibition. By shifting mentality, it is to
center around the local traditional culture, art and daily life to discover and
explore their potential to develop and expand. It was not only restricted to
paintings on easels, but also real objects, photos, videos, performances and
many other dynamic means. With a variety of art works, and by presenting the
pristine ecology and lifestyle of Mosuo People in the Lugu Lake area, hopefully
the more artistic creation will be inspired and contemplation for contemporary
What’s more, among 40 artists invited to the Exhibition, there
are Alfred Vaagsvold from Norway, Christina Nyström Jansson and Christina
Hallström from Sweden, Bishwajit Goswami, Tania Sultana from Bangladesh, Bova
Togo, a Mosuo artist grew up in the Lugu Lake area, Senior Dabadafan, the
fourteenth generation of oral history and mythology narrator, five teaching
professors graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and young artist
and students from Kunming. Composed of people of different ages, nationalities,
and regions, they will present four sets of completely different art studies
and creative perspectives.
In recent years, the Lugu Lake has become a popular tourist
destination. People are flooding in this ancient place. At the same time, how
to coordinate the development of modernization and its unique local cultural
ecology and the natural environment has caused people to think. Aiming at
exploring the authentic and pristine lifestyle of Mosuo people in the Lugu Lake
area through exhibitions and art, the Exhibition attempted to encourage both
artists and viewers to reflect more on the modern development of traditional
lifestyle and arts, and the relationship between the traditional arts and their
Sponsors:Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing
Embassy of Sweden in Beijing
Consulate General of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kunming
Lugu Lake in Lijiang Mosuo Cultural Research Association
Organizers:Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum
TCG Nordica Culture Center
Oil Painting Art Committee of Yunnan Artists Association
Central Academy of Fine Arts Alumni Association Office
Co-organizers: Yunnan Oil Painting Association
Guan Zhao Yuan Nian Culture Communication Co.,Lld
Curators:Gao Xiang, Alfred Vaagsvold
Academic Chair: Han
Jinsong, Zhao Xingyuan, Stefania Renda, Luo Fei
Fang, Wang Wei, Qiao Lidan, Wang Bei
Exhibition Assistants:Lv Duo, Yue Tingting
Togo, Dafan Luru (the fourteenth generation of Daba priest), Wuliuwu Duzhidaba,
Dunzhu Zhuoma, Alfred Vaagsvold(Norway), Christina Hallström(Sweden), Christina
Nyström Jansson(Sweden), Stefania Renda(Italy), Bishwajit Goswami(Bangladesh),
Tania Sultana(Bangladesh), Mong Mong Sho(Bangladesh), Wu Hong, Li Xu, Gao
Xiang, Zhu Jinghua, Huang Xin, Gao Xiaoyan, Luo Fei, Wang Xin, He Xiaolu, Zhu
Dan, Li Haoyue, Zhou Fengyi, Li Yingyue, Liu Menghui, Yan Lulu, Ying Borui, Jia
Yi, Zhang Xiaotian , Chen Ziran, Wang Bei, Wang Wei, Liu Fang, Qiao Lidan, Li
Xuezhen, Yan Wan, Bai Hailin, Dai Sumei, Duan Xingmin, Lv Duo, Sun Wenke, Yue
Tingting, Gao Yifei
Exhibition Time:Dec 10, 2016 to Jan 21, 2017
Exhibition Opening Time and
location: 14:00, Dec 10, 2016 Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum (Address: #26,West Hongta
Road, Xishan District, Kunming)
20:00, Dec 10, 2016 TCG Nordica Culture Center (Address: #101, Xiba Road, Xishan
Symposium Time and location:15:30, Dec 10, 2016 Yuan Xiaocen Art
Museum (Address: #26, West Hongta Road, Xishan District, Kunming)
凌晨 In the Morning Exhibition by Christina Hallstrom & Liu Lifen at TCG Nordica Gallery, Kunming, China opening Saturday 19 November at 20:00 exhibition 20 November - 1 December 2016 I'm happy to be able to be an Artist In Residence in China end of 2016. As a result of the exchange project 'From Poem to Poem, From Poem to Visual Art', between TCG Nordica Gallery, Kunming, China & SBK Amsterdam, NL last year. This time I will also be involved in the Lu Gu Lake project "Return to Original Nature - Culture Studies and Art Exhibition"
curated by Gao Xiang and Alfred Vaagsvold
Multiple Adaptations, from Poem to Poem from Poem to Visual Art
Welcome at the finissage of the exchange exhibition between Chinese and Dutch artists on Sunday November 1st at SBK/Bagagehal at 3 PM.
From Poem to Visual Art to Music
The And (guitar - Nicolas Lafourest / voice - G.W. Sok) and Su Lin- Pipa (Chinese Lute and voice)
The musicians will improvise some pieces based on a couple of the exhibition’s poems.
The And plays a certain kind of guitar-poetry. The specific “sing/speak” style of G.W. Sok (ex-The Ex) combined with the bright and melodic, sometimes abstract soundscapes of Lafourest’s electric guitar. Their repertoire consists of own material, plus songs of others molded into playful reinterpretations.
Su Linis born in Suzhou, China but left to the Netherlands after graduating from the Conservatory. As a soprano she toured with the famous flute player Chris Hinze. She masters the instrument Pipa and is schooled in classic and modern Chinese singing.
Multiple Adaptations, from Poem to Poem, from Poem to Visual Art
An Art exhibition based on poetry with six Chinese artists related to TGC Nordica (a Kunming art centre with strong ties to Sweden) and six artist/printmakers from the AGA. In collaboration with Stichting Perdu.
Coming weeks I'm participating as a
visual artist documenting this exciting musical collaboration between Gran Kino &
Sarasvati, including a tour in Indonesia!
the festival Printemps Français 2013, the four musicians of French indie rock
band Gran Kino shared the stage with Sarasvati, one of the leading lights of
Indonesia’s independent scene. From this first meeting grew the seeds of an
idea for future collaboration. The fruit of their work together came this year
with the reworking of an epic of the Sundanese tradition, Bujangga Manik.
Through these 600 year old poems, filled with questions on the nature of
happiness, the two bands draw us into a poetic journey in which literary and
musical influences are fused."