Birth of a nation exhibtion
As part of the annual Irish Festival in China, Irish Wave 2016 will take place in Beijing and Shanghai during March 2016 supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This year, a series of contemporary art exhibitions and events will focus on themes of nationhood and cultural identity as part of Irish Wave’s mission to promote multicultural artistic exchanges. The starting point is the Easter Rising which took place in Dublin in 1916.
Speaking in her role as co-curator of the project, Northern Irish artist Gail Ritchie said:
“This project is unique as it looks at the Irish Rebellion through many varied perspectives and sets it within the context of the World War One. This is an important approach as it allows artists from across the globe to respond to these important events”
The Easter Rising , with its aim of forming a nation state finds echoes around the world.
Weiming Lee, the Shanghai co-curator went on to say “China has its own history of occupation and war. Bringing artists from all over the world to exhibit their work alongside Chinese artists makes for a very provocative and stimulating exhibition.”
Describing her response to the project, Beijing co-curator Ning Zhang whose gallery is hosting one of the exhibitions said:
“IRISH WAVE 2016: BIRTH OF A NATION is an art exhibition in which each artist from China and other countries explores the state and the meaning of his or her life through contemporary art. It opens communication and dialogue and gives the real sense of a culture and art exchange program.”
Irish Wave 2016 continues to explore how diverse cultures and ethnic groups can learn to coexist in a more peaceful and tolerant way through the presentation of contemporary art. The artists and curators look forward to welcoming you to NING SPACE, 798, Beijing, from 12 March and the Sanwei Art Center, Shanghai from 19 March.