events / exhibitions

SINOPTICON: Contemporary Chinoiserie in Contemporary Art


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" "Saltram House"

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.