Right Now, Right Here: Stand by Her will open at Shanghai Duolun Museum of Moern Art at 3 pm on April 24, 2021. The exhibition is guided by the Worldskills Shanghai 2021 Executive Bureau, Shanghai Women's Federation, Shanghai Employment Promotion Center and Hongkou District Adminitration of Culture and Tourism, co-hosted by Shanghai Duolun Museum of Moern Art and Stand by Her Fund launched by Lingshan Charity Foundation and sponsored by Shanghai Photographer’s Association Women’s Photographers Branch. It is curated by Liang Yu and Lin Lin, with invited project support Dong Qi and Wen Yupeng. The exhibition will last till July 5, 2021.
The exhibition features artists including Chen Xiaodan, Cai Jin, Yu Hong, Cui Xiuwen, Chen Xi, Sun Man, Wu Didi, Chen Hui, Li Xiaomei, Meng Yangyang, Cai Yaling, Zhang Ruyi, Lin Ran, Zhou Wenjing, Yuan Keru, Long Pan, Song Santu, Zhang Fengyuan, Ji Jinglu and Yue Mingyue.
As Lyotard tells it when describing the power of art: “Painting is presented ‘here and now’, as its being only happens right here and right now...... No one can see a painting through my narrative and translation. I (the viewer) am no more than an ear open to the sound which comes to it from out of the silence; the painting is that sound, an accord.” Throughout the history of mankind, it is such countless moments “from out of the silence” yet decisiveness as the coordinates that have written the history of human civilization. Civilization is created by people’s industrious work with their own hands. As Immanuel Kant tells it: “I am an investigator by inclination. I feel a great thirst for knowledge and an impatient eagerness to advance, also satisfaction at each progressive step. There was a time when I thought that all this could constitute the honor of humanity, and I despised the mob, which knows nothing about it. Rousseau set me straight. This dazzling excellence vanishes; I learn to honor men, and would consider myself much less useful than common laborers if I did not believe that this consideration could give all the others a value, to establish the rights of humanity.”
Therefore, in this age of information explosion and intricate aesthetic fasion, the exhibition has these artist creations return to the simplest state of “laboring”, from such perspective displaying the artworks of contemporary female artists. Ultimately, every artist is actually also a laborer. The works of exhibited artists not only represent their individuals, but they are also diversified samples as the recorders and narrators of the time. The “here and now” of their artistic “laboring” and their “standing by” each other feature a miniature of this era. The awe of laboring in their works not only shows the value of manual labor, but also reflects the empathy, self-examination and prudence generated from their keen sights and independent personalities. They are themselves, having their own names and occupations. They are sentitive yet liberal; passionate yet tranquil, wild yet pensive. They don’t disguise their sorrow nor expectation, freely expressive their emotions of excitement, incisiveness or bitterness. These emotions are all projected in their works, achieving an eternity in a sence. Thus I recall what Elena Ferrante says in her latest book La frantumaglia, “Female power is neither from you as an individual, nor from the success of any single woman. It’s the converged power from all women.” We witness; we listen; we are here and we stand by each other. This is a power given by art as well as a driving force of we getting united.
The exhibition will also display great photography works of working women and Worldskill contestants provided by Shanghai Photographer’s Association Women’s Photographers Branch together with the archives of relevant studies about women’s occupational changes in the centennial course of Chinese contemporary history. With the joint efforts of Stand by Her Fund and other social forces, serial lectures, bibliographic recommendation and other charity events will be launched during the exhibition.
Established by Hongkou District Adminitration of Culture and Tourism in 2003, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art is the first non-profit organization built with the aim of multifuntional modern museum, dedicated to the development of Chinese modern art, as well as an international platform of cross-cultural communication of modern art. “Original, Academic, Global” as its core values, the museum plays multiple roles of exhibition, institution, education, collection and communication.
Wuxi Lingshan Charity Foundation Stand by Her Fund
灵山慈善基金会是在江苏省民政厅注册成立的公募型基金会，先后被民政部、 江苏省民政厅评为“全国先进社会组织”、“5A 级社会组织”。予她同行基金以关注女性命运，为女性发声，给予女性帮助为使命，近年来开展了“姐妹战疫安心行动、月经安心行动、当代女性艺术展”等公益项目。 Lingshan Charity Foundation is a public fundraising foundation registered at the Department of Civil Affairs of Jiangsu Province. It is credited by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Department of Civil Affairs of Jiangsu Province as “National Advanced Social Organization” and “5A Social Organization”. The mission of Stand by Her Fund is to pay attention to women’s life, to speak up for women and provide help for women, with recent projects including the donation project of feminine hygiene products to female medical workers during the outbreak of COVID-19, the education project about menstruation knowledge in poverty-stricken regions and Chinese Contemporary Female Art Exhibition. 温馨提示：参观须提前预约，来现场的观众须出示本人身份证、当日有效的参观预约码、本人实时绿色“随申码”，入馆前须接受体温测量，参观过程中皆需全程佩戴口罩，排队和观展时请保持1.5米以上距离。