27 April to 7 July 2012
Suki CHAN – Gayle Chong KWAN – Stephanie DOUET – Christian JANKOWSKI – Isaac JULIEN – WESSIELING – Grayson PERRY – Ed PIEN – Meekyoung SHIN – Karen TAM – Erika TAN – TSANG KinWah – Laura WHITE
Curated by Eliza Gluckman
Erika Tan, Sensing Obscurity, filmed at Saltram House, Plymouth, 2012 (still)
Through form and decorative narrative in chinoiserie, we can discuss value and taste, fantasy, replication and stereotyping of images. So too, the darker elements of chinoiserie’s historical routes; identity politics, racism, trade and production values, authorship and the contested territory of exoticism. This exhibition looks to unpick these themes in a contemporary context to shed light on how pervasive Chinese culture, industry and aesthetics are in our everyday lives.
The exhibition is part of the National Trust’s ‘Trust New Art’ programme, in partnership with Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth College of Art Gallery.