Wutong Xifeng Yuan 1 Hao, Jinxi Zhen
Suzhou 215300 10am-5pm, T-Su
PCCA International Residency Project I : Breathe
Artists：Masanori Matsuda | Yui Inoue | Yuya Suzuki
Time：2018 / 11 / 28 - 2018 / 12 / 31
Location：No.1, Wutong Xifeng Yuan, Jinxi Town, Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province
Opening Time：2018 / 11 / 28 1:30pm
Forum：2:30 - 4:00pm
Forum Topic：Contemporary Art and Ancient Town Civilization、Tour Reengineering
Guest：Zheng Jing | Liu Yi
Sponsor：Points Center for Contemporary Art
Cooperated By：NPO | S-AIR, office 339
Supported By：Fortress Contemporary Art Foundation
“One creek passes through the town, shores covered with peach and plum, morning glow speckles the river-face, the full brook jumping gold, a brilliant brocade.” This is the natural style of the ancient town of Jinxi as recorded in chronicles. It is warm, quiet, and beautiful, still growing. Compared with Zhouzhuang, China's “first water town” in Kunshan, Jinxi is not as bustling but it is a more comfortable place where breathing comes easy. Staying here, in midst of such gentle inhales and exhales, one cannot help but expressing something.
Wen Zhengming has a poem: “Whosoever sees beneath the water of the golden mallards, a tomb, and in its empty embrace of fragrant jade, enclosed a beautiful woman. The king’s love flows with the water, and in the cold brook, yet wins her named Chen.” In a few words that broke the name of an ancient town, they also tell a story of the ages. In 1127, the Song Dynasty moved south. According to records, Emperor Xiaozong of the Song Dynasty was stationed in Jinxi. Legend has it that his favorite concubine Chen Shi excelled at song, dance, and swordsmanship. She accompanied him and eventually died in Jinxi. Song Xiaozong buried his beloved Chen Shi in a water tomb in Jinxi’s Wubao Lake and built the Lotus Pool Temple on the north bank of the lake, ordering it to be of the highest quality. By imperial decree, he also changed the name of Jinxi to Chenmu (Chen’s Tomb), thus inscribing the town on a page of imperial history.
Adjacent to the Lotus Pool Temple and facing Chen’s water burial mound, next to the dock on the north bank sits Points Center for Contemporary Art, and the international residency exchange project of the center is also here. The center covers an area of about 2,000 square meters of ancient-style exterior design combined with functional interior design. Its four art spaces are reserved for artists of different types and disciplines. Nanmu Hall and our pagoda pavilion also provide a unique environment for exhibition as well as public education, outreach, and other activities. Points relies on the humanities and its local environment to stimulate cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research and creation.
In the current international residency exchange project, Points cooperated with S-AIR, a long-established residency institution in Japan, to jointly select three Japanese artists — Masanori Matsuda, Yui Inoue, Yuya Suzuki — to work at Points. In communicating with the three artists, we intuited that Jinxi's exotic culture and history led to some threads for creation. Shuttling through Shangtang or Xiatang Streets in Jinxi, stepping over the 10-Eye-Long Bridge, swaying on a boat in Wubao Lake, and learning the history of the ancient place and its buildings could not but help spark the artists’ minds and keep them creatively busy.
This one- to three-month residency project is coming to an end, and Points will premiere the “Breathe” international residency exhibition on November 28, 2018. In line with the concept of “life within art” advocated by Points Center for Contemporary Art, artists — between breathing in and out, letting go and taking in — have taken materials from different places and released them into their own creations. Just as breathing itself, this creative process has been active and yet at ease. The three parts of the exhibition are carried out according to each artist's own feelings and creative narration, and the three exhibition spaces are divided into: the energy of swaying flow, the situation of echoing one another, and the metaphorical expansion of light and shadow.