Hello from the Power Station of Art, Shanghai

My first trip and first day in Shanghai stared well, with a visit to this “Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain” art show, well worth a look if your in town.

Artists who caught my eye in particular were Cai Guo-Qiang, who’s medium was gun powder. I really like the natural ink/pencil like aesthetic.

also Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret’s video piece, Hear Them Speak, a request from Amazonian tribal peoples for white people to not go there, I felt a sense of guilt, defensiveness and thankfulness to those who protect with their lives, what is deemed worthless, in a world where worth is based on financial gain only, ignoring all matters of happiness gained from doing good, to other people and our shared environment.

Finally there were several environmental globalisation themed exhibits throughout the show, besides the one above, I was also inspired by one which features an animated, surround screen, showing migration of people over the last 20 years or so, the work was called Exit, by Diller Scofidio and Renfo.

It really seems to me the problem isn’t so much that people move about, but more that people don’t and expects others not to, identifying ourselves through a land area is the problem also maybe, nationality is exclusive and doesn’t generally accept people’s need to move, when nature and other effects make it necessary, perhaps it is a myth, that hoarding resources, wealth and power leads to some kind of happiness, or fulfilled life purpose, if our method of doing so causes destruction and deprivation to others, can it really be true happiness and success?

What are your thoughts, I’d be happy to hear and maybe discuss further, especially if you have also seen inspiring exhibitions.

Thanks for reading.

Sam

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