July 9, 2010 - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) - Hope Tunnel
July 9, 2010

Hope Tunnel

Hope Tunnel
17 July – 24 October 2010

798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100015
P.R. China
www.ucca.org.cn

Zhang Huan’s Hope Tunnel

Every so often there comes an event that rattles our faith, shatters what we have built and shakes us to our very foundations. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake was one such tragedy. No one who witnessed the terrible destruction and loss of life will ever forget it.

Yet in the aftermath of tragedy there is hope, a reminder of what people working together can achieve. Zhang Huan’s Hope Tunnel, a curated social project at UCCA, was conceived and designed by an artist who believes that art has the power not just to move us emotionally, but to galvanize us into positive action.

When we behold the train that Zhang Huan purchased, refurbished and installed here, we may find ourselves dwarfed by the scale of the wreckage, dismayed by the destructive force of nature and daunted by the challenges that lie ahead. Perhaps we should feel humbled by the shadow of that awesome bulk, but as the title reminds us, while we may be small, we are not powerless. Through remembrance, reflection and concerted action, each one of us has the power to help—and to hope.

About UCCA
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is a non-profit, comprehensive art center founded in Beijing by collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens in November 2007. UCCA presents exhibitions of established and emerging artists and develops a trusted platform to share knowledge through education and research.

Editorial Contacts:
Daphne Ku
86 10 8610 8308
86 1381189 0681

Daphne.ku@ucca.org.cn

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