7 – 23 JUNE, 2012 | AMELIA JOHNSON CONTEMPORARY
6-10 SHIN HING STREET, NOHO, HONG KONG | www.ajc-art.com
Tues – Sat: 10.30 – 6.30 pm
Other times by appointment
When the child was a child,
it was the time of these questions:
Why am l me, and why not you?
Why am l here, and why not there?
When did time begin,
and where does space end?
Isn't life under the sun just a dream?
Isn't what l see, hear and smell
Just a mirage of the world before the world?
Amelia Johnson Contemporary is thrilled to present the first solo exhibition of Beijing based artist, Liu
XiaoFang. For the younger generation of artists like Liu XiaoFang who have received a traditional art
education, their memories of childhood represent an important pool of raw material from which to draw
inspiration for their creations.
"I Remember" is the second collection in a series about childhood memory. These are lonely, nostalgia
provoking childhoods filled with regrets and dreams. Although possessing of our own childhood memories,
memories can become distorted from the truth over time. The line between truth and the imagined starts to
converge and these images are presented as dreamlike states of an altered reality. In this second series, Liu
XiaoFang again makes use of the little girl dressed in white with a red scarf. This little girl is a symbolic,
physical presence of childhood. The artist chooses to combine this symbol with various images; a rainbow,
an umbrella, a spaceship to create mirage like worlds within an unreal world.
Diversity is always apparent between the beauty of dreams and the practicality of reality. By choosing the
medium of photography, the artist has blurred these lines between illusion and fact. Her choice of imagery
conveys a sense of mysticism in these dreamlike compositions. The girl appears emotionless, desensitized,
leaving her to appear in a permanent state of dreaming. All negative feelings have disappeared and
dissolved in to peace and tranquility.
ABOUT LIU XIAOFANG
Liu XiaoFang was born in 1980 in Datong City, Shanxi Province, China. She studied Photography at the
prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Demonstrating creativity and ingenuity early
in her career, her nostalgic work, "I Remember no.5", was shortlisted in the 2010 Societe Generale Chinese
Art Awards. Liu XiaoFang has exhibited in Beijing, China and in Japan and Switzerland. Most recently her
work has been featured at Paris Photo, France and at AIPAD, New York, USA. In 2011 the artist was
selected by the Musée de l'Elysee as one of today's most promising photographers.
ABOUT AMELIA JOHNSON CONTEMPORARY
Founded in 2005 by Amelia Johnson, Amelia Johnson Contemporary has built up an enviable reputation
for presenting carefully curated exhibitions. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting groundbreaking
international contemporary art in Hong Kong and to promoting young Hong Kong artists through spotlight
exhibitions both in Hong Kong and overseas. The gallery has grown to such an extent that Gallery 2 of
Amelia Johnson Contemporary was established at the start of 2011. Based in an old potter’s studio across
the street from the main gallery space, Gallery 2 is an exciting new venue for showcasing site-specific
installations and large scale single works. The gallery has participated in many international art fairs,
including CIGE (Beijing), Arco (Madrid), ShContemporary (Shanghai), The Asian Art Fair (New York) Pulse
(Miami) and ART HK (Hong Kong). www.ajc-art.com
For further details on the exhibition, detailed artist biography & images
please contact the gallery on (852) 2548 2286 or firstname.lastname@example.org