My Communism: Poster Exhibition

My Communism: Poster Exhibition was an exhibition at the TOP Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai, curated by Yang Zhenzhong, Shou Xiaohu, Xu Zhen, Jin Feng, Lu Zianghua, Ding Li, Shi Qing, and the Belgian curator, Philippe Pirotte. This exhibition included 128 posters by 50 artists from both China and abroad, who created work with, according to Art Forum Editor and Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, faculty, Lee Ambrozy (whom we thank for alerting us to this show in her recent year end top ten list), “..designs [that] speak to experiences of living under socialism and engage in a range of social critiques, the cacophony of styles suggesting a kind of utopian collectivism.”

It was hard to find much (english language) information or images of this exhibition. These images were from a short postive review of this show on the Satellite Voices (a good art/design & culture blog with global ambitions).

More images & information after the jump.

Full list of Aritsts: Sven Augustijnen, Rossella Biscotti, Alexander Brandt, Stefan Brüggemann, Tania Bruguera, Pavel Büchler, Chen Xiaoyun, Chen Wenbo, Colin Chinnery, Dong Wensheng, Dora García, Gu Lei, He An, He Chi, Hu Jieming, Huang Kui, Jiang Zhi, Jin Feng, Kan Xuan, Saša Karalic, Li Pinghu, Li Xiaofei, Liang Wei, Liu Jianhua, Liu Tian, Liu Wei, Mao Dou, MadeIn Company, Olivier Mosset, Ni Jun, Qiu Anxiong, Shao Yi, Shi Qing, Shi Yong, Société Réaliste, Su Wenxiang, Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Tang Maohong, TOF, Top Floor Circus, Wang Jianwei, Wang Jiahao, Wang Wei, Wang Yan, Wu Shanzhuan, Xiang Liqing, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, Yu Ji, Zhang Ding, Zhang Hui, Zhang Qing, Zheng Guogu, Zhou Ming, Zhou Xiaohu, Zhou Zixi, Zhu Yu, Zhuang Hui & Dan’Er

The press release (seen on the Art Agenda) reveals much about the conceit but does not hide the delightful, if zany utopian modeling that Ambrozy refereed to in her blurb.

Why posters? Why re-use this propaganda function of art? The organizers of “TOP Events” pointed out that this poster exhibition doesn’t pursue a standardized classification, nor is it an ideological propaganda event, but a collective return to a utopian memory, rethought and re-expressed in the contemporary context.

Poster is the most common propaganda media used by ideologies, it provides symbolic “positions and standards,” and holds a special place in people’s collective memory as well as individual experiences. As a traditional, nowadays declined promotion media, it is generally considered that posters have an explicit topic and a defined standpoint, possessing a standardized reproducibility. However, “Poster Exhibition” presents non-standard, individual opinions, displaying “multiple voices” all at once. It is a collective, powerful publicity, which responds to the idea of “propaganda” itself, it questions targets and enemies of contemporary art. “Poster Exhibition,” with this sense of power, can hopefully create a group conjecture on the mental map of collectivist society.

In “TOP Events,” this art project will build in a contemporary space a library of heterogeneous utopian symbols, images and language.

I’m really sorry to have missed this one, it sounds lively.

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