"Relativity Hypothesis" Lau Wai & Xu Hao Works Exhibition
City: Shanghai
Duration: 2018-04-07 ~ 2018-05-19
Opening: Saturday, 7 April 2018, 4-7pm
Address: #102-103, Building 17, M50, No.50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai

J: GALLERY has the honor to announce that the exhibition "Relativity Hypothesis" will be opened on April 7th 2018, and continue until May 19th 2018. This exhibition will present the latest works of artist duo Lau Wai and Xu Hao.

The theory of linguistic relativity (Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis) puts forward the hypothesis of language and thinking, which holds that the cultural concepts and classifications contained in language will affect the cognition of language users to the real world, that is, language differences will lead to distinct ways of thinking and behaving. This hypothesis involves a variety of fields and disciplines, and the fundamental question of whether language shapes the culture of thinking or thinking reinvents the language has long been in a circle of controversy. Although there is no clear result of relevant theories, it does extend people's cognition of language and thinking during the debate. In terms of the practice of the artist duo in this exhibition, it constructs the narrative with cultural symbols and ideologies intertwined.

The works of the artists Lau Wai and Xu Hao are mainly based on moving images as the major media and the direction of research. Born in Hong Kong, Lau Wai grew up in a colonial culture and language background, which made her feel familiar and alienated to the city she has been living in - even cultivated into a feeling of homesickness. And Hong Kong, as a mysterious region frequently featured in Hollywood movies thanks to its Oriental charm and futuristic technology, drifts under an absurd circumstance between reality and fiction in Lau Wai's works. In the works of Xu Hao, the intention and objects are originated from different cultural backgrounds, and their image presentation is weakened, with objects and installations to reflect the thinking of the images; and the photographic techniques, as the necessary logic of the production process, overlap in traces of the daily life, with a romantic "hypothesis" to explore the relationship between the carrier, rules and the content.


Lau Wai was born in Hong Kong in 1982, and currently lives and works in Hong Kong. Her works primarily explore the relationship between narratives in history and personal memories, as well as how collective and individual consciousness, gender and cultural representations are formed. She draws inspiration from personal and historical materials, as well as popular cultures. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Her Past exhibitions include (selected): 'Photo Booth', Para Site, Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 (Hong Kong, China, 2017); ‘Follow Me’, OCAT Shanghai (Shanghai, China, 2017); 'Cities and Memory', Brandts Museum (Odense, Denmark, 2016); Les Photaumnales 2016 (Beauvais, France, 2016); 'A Room with a View', Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (Singapore, 2016); 'Adrift', OCAT Shenzhen (Shenzhen, China, 2016); 'Imagine There's No Country, Above Us Only Our Cities', Para Site (Hong Kong, China, 2015); The 7th Three Shadows Photography Award, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China, 2015); Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (Echigo Tsumari, Japan, 2015); Lianzhou International Photo Festival (Lianzhou, China, 2013 & 2014).


Xu Hao was born in Xuchang city, Henan province in 1987. He is a photographer, artist, writer and curator based in shanghai. He is a contributing writer for The Art Newspaper China; an artist has been exhibited and represented. In the last few years, he participated in group exhibitions at the James Hockey &Foyer Galleries, Crypt Gallery, The Art Fund Prize Gallery, Tabula Rasa Gallery, and Central Saint Martins in United Kingdom. He continually practice rooted on thought in Photograph, his subject matter includes queer theory, documenting new sceneries in urbanization society, and relationship between photography and Chinese painting etc. He participated several artist residencies both in Russia and India. Reviews, interviews and portfolio features have appeared in Fotografia Magazine, Art Photo Magazine. He has three self-publish limited edition artist's book, included in art fairs such as London art book fair etc.


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