LI SHUANG: If Only The Cloud Knows
2018.6.24 - 7.8 | 开幕 Opening : 6.24, 6-9pm
SLEEPCENTER | 9 Monroe St, New York
策展人 Curator | 秋韵 Qiu Yun & 乔非凡 Qiao Feifan
2015 年情人节，来自中国的青年艺术家李爽背着写有“和我结婚，拿中国国籍”（Marry Me for Chinese Citizenship）的巨大标牌，在雪中的纽约时代广场行走了 6 个小时。她随后将此“标语”印于帆布包上，使每位携带者参与传播，将这一声明扩散至世界各地。李爽以此诙谐而犀利的行为，发出了对移民制度和身份偏见的诘问，并开启了她的跨媒介艺术实验。
On the snowy Valentine’s Day in 2015, artist Li Shuang wandered around New York City’s Times Square for six hours, bearing a huge sign that read: “Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship”. She later printed the slogan on tote bags, with which every carrier becomes a disseminator, propagating the statement to far corners of the world. Li’s playful yet incisive gesture questioned issues such as immigration system, identity, and discrimination. This interactive project marked the beginning of her cross-disciplinary and experimental artistic practice.
作为李爽在纽约的首次个展，“如果云知道”梳理并呈现了艺术家 2014 年至今创作的五件主要作品，其中包括：探讨数据记忆的多媒体互动网站《如果云知道》，以性别观察为线索的影像作品《T》，和发酵至今的社会介入项目《和我结婚，拿中国国籍》等。
Li Shuang’s first solo exhibition in New York "If Only The Cloud Knows" features the artist’s five major works created since 2014, including: If Only The Cloud Knows, a multi-media interactive piece which examines the relationship between digital data and private memory; T, a video work developed from gender-based observations; Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship, an on-going social intervention project that probes into the public sphere.
Emerged during the age of Internet and globalization, Li’s works revealed the unvoiced pain embedded in both personal crisis and collective dilemma. Her practice, while being critical and provocative, also embodies a sense of poetic spontaneity. Through active observation and scholarly analysis, Li investigates diverse social subjects such as technical innovation, mass media, cultural identity, and gender studies. As she relocates frequently around the globe, Li is able to form a series of multi-perspective yet universal narrative that speaks to the shared anxieties of the Millennial generation.
The exhibition is in itself a site of public experiment as well: visitors are allowed to access the artist’s private database, and are given the freedom to alter or delete anything. Through this immediate participation, we seek to interpret the gravity born by the “cloud”.