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Dust from the Heart: Five Women Artists and Their Journeys    Sep 12 - Oct 12, 2012


Cocktail reception: Tuesday, 11th September, 6-8 pm

Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present the exhibition, Dust from the Heart: Five Chinese Women Artists and Their Journeys, which reveals the personal journeys of five female artists over the last 30 years of dramatic change in China. Opening to the public on Wednesday, 12 September, the varied narratives of each woman artist are presented through their works ranging from video and installation to photography and painting. The exhibition aims to explore each of their reactions to life in the unique historical, social and cultural context of contemporary China.

Dust from the Heart aims to explore each of the women artist's reactions to life in the unique historical, social and cultural context of contemporary China. The exhibition title references the Chinese proverb Yi Chen Bu Ran, which literally means "dustfree" and is commonly used to describe an individual free from anguish, grief and suffering. By exploring each artist's different paths and what constitutes "dust" in their hearts, the exhibition aims to broaden the dialogue on the complicated history of women in China alongside historical, political and cultural realities.

Pearl Lam, founder of Pearl Lam Galleries said, "These five artists each come from varying family backgrounds and demonstrate in their own manner how women artists are willing to openly put forward their own personal sensibilities and experiences. I am thrilled to be presenting their works - providing an exceptional insight into the workings of female artists in China today, where their journeys reflect the economic, social, and political changes throughout Chinese history. I believe it will stir great interest in all who visit the exhibition."

Dust from the Heart presents:

• Xiao Lu: Born in 1962, one of the early rebels of Chinese art, Xiao Lu shot to fame after she fired a loaded gun at her work Dialogue at China’s first institutional government-sponsored exhibition of experimental art China Avant/Garde in Beijing in 1989. Xiao Lu’s works are generally performance-based and a direct response to her life, romances and her emotions.

• Juju Sun: Born in 1973, Juju Sun’s abstract landscapes are composed of vibrant colours, forms and patterns in celebration of Mother Nature, the cycle of life and the seasons, procreation, beauty, as well as woman as mother and protector.

• He Chengyao: Born in 1964, controversial performance artist He Chengyao’s inspiration is drawn from her perceived place in society and belief that sexual disparity, discrimination in social status and the traditional sexual division of labour are important social issues.

• Cui Xiuwen: Born in 1970, the artist’s haunting videos and photography analyse the status of women in modern China, cultural and sexual stereotyping and their functions.

• Cai Jin: Born in 1965, the artist’s drawings, paintings and installations revolve around themes of feminine sexuality and fertility—a motif she has used since 1991 is the leaf of a plant called meirenjiao, with meiren meaning beautiful woman—as well as human fragility, death and decay.

The exhibition title references the Chinese proverb Yi Chen Bu Ran / 一塵不染 literally meaning “dustfree” and commonly used to describe an individual free from anguish, grief and suffering. By exploring each artist’s different paths and what constitutes “dust” in their hearts, the exhibition aims to broaden the dialogue on the complicated history of women in China alongside historical, political and cultural realities.

For additional information, please contact: info@pearllamgalleries.com / +852 2522 1428

About Pearl Lam Galleries

Pearl Lam started exhibiting and promoting Chinese contemporary art and design in 1993 in Hong Kong. Currently, Pearl Lam Galleries consists of two spaces in Shanghai: a Fine Art Gallery and a Special Project Space; as well as the recently-launched gallery in Hong Kong. Pearl Lam Galleries will also open a new design gallery in Shanghai and a major space at Gillman Barracks in Singapore in 2013.

Presenting an exhibition program of the highest quality, Pearl Lam Galleries has championed the promotion and re-evaluation of the philosophy, perceptions and aesthetics of Chinese art for almost 20 years. From an early stage, popular touring shows, such as Awakening: La France Mandarine, the French influence on Chinese Art (2004-06), characterised the exhibition program with their intercultural dialogue and dynamic work by international artists from established and emerging markets. Exhibiting Chinese artists such as Lan Zhenghui, Li Tianbing, Shao Fan, Wang Dongling, Zhang Huan, Zheng Chongbin, and Zhu Jinshi reinterpret traditions, fuse cross-cultural influences and examine China today. The exhibition program also presents major solo exhibitions of international artists stimulating cross-cultural dialogue and cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world.

Pearl Lam Galleries has also tirelessly promoted design as an art form in China. Pearl Lam has funded an artist-in-residence program for artists and designers across the globe. Pearl Lam Design shows works by established and emerging international designers including André Dubreuil, Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, and Studio Makkink & Bey. They are invited to push the boundaries of traditional Chinese art and craft techniques and create new works that reflect their experiences in China.

The Hong Kong gallery program features both fine art and design exhibitions to complement the existing programs of the Shanghai galleries. It will continue to support young emerging artists such as Tsang Kin-Wah. ¬¬¬The gallery will also bring solo shows by major international artists to Hong Kong, including Jenny Holzer and Yinka Shonibare in 2013.

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