November 7, 2016 - You won’t be young forever - You won't be young forever
November 7, 2016

You won’t be young forever

Shuang Li, Grapefruit, 2015. Text on acrylic, size variable.

You won't be young forever
November 10–December 10, 2016

Opening: November 10, 6pm
Debate competition: November 10, 7:30pm, You won't be young forever special edition by Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin

No. 235 Guang Fu Road

Participating artists: An Jing, Ayo Yunyu Shih, Chen Tingting, Gao Yuan, Tang Chao, Li Shuang, Payne Zhu, Lin Aojie, Liu Yefu, Zhang Wei, Zhong Jialing, Yang Yuanyuan, Zhu Jianlin, Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, Xu Hao, Shen Xin, FongFo Monthly

Special commission by Nathan Zhou

Organized and curated by Biljana Ciric
Assistant curator: Wang Mengjia
Interlocutors: Lin Aojie, Li Ran, RS Projects, Hu Yun and Gao Mingyan

We all share the dream of being forever young, but only a small fraction of us are able to pass through life unscathed by the weight of time. In fact, we grow older faster than we even realize. It is not necessarily about a specic age, or turning point, but a frame of mind, a search for rhythms and how we are able to adapt to them as they become recognizable.

Very few of us are brave enough to stay young, to embrace life in full with an open mind and open heart. What we hope to hold onto from our youth is that which we feel we have lost yet still cherish, like the sense of fearlessness and daring that allowed us to face anything directly, without hesitation. In this place we live now, China, people become older much faster; they never had the opportunity to be bold, yet already they are old. The same goes for artists.

With these ideas in mind, this self-initiated curatorial project invites artists who not yet recognized by the wider art world system, or those who don’t care to be part of that system, to represent and debate their practice in a public setting, thereby creating a space to take risks from both artistic and curatorial perspectives.

The exhibition thus serves as the host for these experiments and debates, mirroring the individual and shared concerns of the artists presented as well as the curatorial interests in engaging with these practices. At its core, there is the hope that such an encounter may produce a transformation, rather than simply a shock or surprise. This exhibition is not bound to only showing artists of a certain age, but rather proposes to look loosely at the generation of artists born between the mid-1980s to the early '90s. is grouping also includes a number of artists who studied in China and artists who returned to China after studying abroad.

This attempt towards research-as-exhibition started in 2009 under the title Mommy Project, which presented the young generation of artists at that time, whom today are actively part of the art system.

However, this project doesn’t intend to have follow a fixed time frame of occurring every two, three, or five years, but instead happens whenever there is a sense of urgency to open up discussion between diˆfferent contributors. It is also intended to respond to specic moments in the current art system in China, especially as most of the discussion is presently centered around the development of infrastructure, rather than the work of art itself—suggesting this is a ripe moment to convene a new conversation. The exhibition hopes to provide a modest contribution to the thinking around artistic and curatorial encounters, focused on individual artist’s works and our shared concerns, addressing the practice of art not as a game to be won, but a lifelong game to play.

For more information please send an email to hybcstudio [​at​]

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