TCG Nordica had some years cooperation with Västra Götaland Regionen in this Artist-In-Residence program, we had an artist exchange project with Nordic Watercolor Museum. In this summer, we invited Swedish artist Lina Persson come to China, living and working here, she is one of the Västra Götaland’s grantees, she stayed in China for 3 months, from 2009/6/3-8/30. And then she had her installation exhibtion at TCG Nordica Gallery space.
Lina Persson – From Mount Huan to Sheshan Mountain
Lina Persson is a residence artist from Sweden invited by TCG Nordica, she lived and worked in Kunming for three months since June, she is very interested in space and astronomy, before she leaves, she presented an exhibition of her recently works made in Kunming, and many local audience were interested in, and really enjoined it.
Here are the informations about her exhibition and idea.
Lina Persson – From Mount Huan to Sheshan Mountain, part I
2009, 26 Aug 16:00 – 18:00
TCG Nordica Gallery
Exhibition opening and book release of A Taikonauts Journey, and have your portrait taken as a taikonaut (pick up your photograph during September).
Of tales told
I have made a book
And my love of hoarding
The matter sent me by friends
From the four corners
Has grown into a pile
-Pu Songling, Strange Tales from a Chinese studio
I traveled to Yuan Yang expecting the astonishing scenery of the Hani rice terraces. But wherever I went, fog and mist surrounded me. But when standing, staring into the whiteness sometimes suddenly a wind created an opening and landscape and distant villages suddenly pop up around me. I recalled the story of Mountain City by Pu Songling in which suddenly one day a whole city appear on the distant top of mount Huan, where there shouldn’t be a single house. But just as it appeared it suddenly shrinks and disappears. Songling wrote his tales in the transition between the Ming and Qing dynasty, In such chaotic times with many changes, fast development and break with traditions points of references are lost. In such mental weightlessness the rhetoric of journalism, storytelling, science and the fantastical, intertwine and the stories of contemporary life sometimes seems strange. The science fiction genre was also born out of such a time, in the British industrialization of big changes, belief in progress and future values. Now, the economy of the future is often believed to be tourism. And Yuan Yuang is also no longer only a rice farming community, the terraces has become big works of land art, monuments that thousands of tourists visit every year. Together with thousands of tourists I also went to Sheshan mountain to have the longest possible experience of a total solar eclipse. Ten minutes of total blackness. When I came back to Kunming a couple of weeks later the city had transformed; new buildings, trees and streets, where before there had only been holes in the ground.