Evelyn Taocheng Wang. Wang “What is he afraid of?”


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[Image: Evelyn Taocheng Wang "Cool Smell Room" (2018) Courtesy the artist]

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Company Gallery presents the second solo show by artist Evelyn Taocheng Wang. Wang’s practice emerges from an interest in what constitutes identity and how one’s own body is culturally relative to - and intertwined with - autobiographical structures. Wang’s works are concerned with processes of transformation, which are translated and negotiated through various means, whether media or material based. For the exhibition, Wang presents a series of drawings, white cotton banners reminiscent of hospital room partitions, hand-sewn dresses and two films.

Within this intimate situation, the films Hospital Conversation (2018) and Three Versions of Change (2018) are presented. Hospital Conversation is a video portrait, in which architecture and bodies dissolve into one another in order to define space. Layers of texts, photographs and film reveal a fragmented story about a hospital and the impressions of one of its anonymous patients. In this setting, the body is under constant change through a process of pain and healing. The film Three Versions of Change is a result of Wang’s reflections on the various sources and reinterpretations of the fairy tale The Frog King. The fairy tale’s different versions all share a close connection to issues of identity change. Although its gender roles are not always assigned clearly, all of the traditional versions are marked with a process-based character.

The body is a subject that can be perceived differently by its environment according to its clothes as illustrated in Wang’s presentation of so-called Cheongsam dresses. These traditional items of Chinese clothing were first worn in the 17th century, but their story since then illuminates the various cultural upheavals of China’s history. During the Emperor’s period, they were worn almost exclusively by men, only to be later worn by young female students as a gesture of emancipation. Taking the notion of the fictionalization of characters as well as the actual architectural site of Company’s space as a starting point, the exhibition becomes a room where narratives are translated into a spatial structure.

The first installation of the works took place at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, titled What is he afraid of? in September 2018, curated by Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Mayer.

Text: Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Mayer

EVELYN TAOCHENG WANG (born 1981, Chengdu, CH) lives and works in Rotterdam. She studied classical painting in China, continued her education at the Städelschule, Frankfurt and was resident artist at De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2012-2014). In 2016 she received De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs as well as the Dorothea von Stetten Art Award. Recent solo exhibitions include: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem, NL; Carlos|Ishikawa, London; Company Gallery, New York; Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles; Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam; and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (performance). Selection of group exhibitions: ICA, London; Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE; Manifesta 11, Zurich; The Kitchen, New York; Greene Naftali, New York; De Hallen Haarlem, NL; The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai; Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam. Wangs work is part of collections of ABN AMRO; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL; and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.



from October 28, 2018 to January 06, 2019

Opening Reception on 2018-10-28 from 16:00 to 20:00

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