AboutShanghai-based artist Maleonn will be continuing an ongoing project, Studio Mobile, where he travelled to 35 Chinese provinces, photographing 20,000 people in a mobile photo studio. Maleonn was inspired to create this work by his desire to collaborate with the people he photographs, attempting to create a dialogue. Rather than create works in his studio, he takes the studio out, where ideas, props, stage sets become part of a collaborative act. He will be photographing selected people in costumes borrowed from local museums along with props he brings with him from China. His surreal photographs bring together different worlds, both imagined and real, and convey the contemporary global condition.
Tim Davies | Yingmei Duan | Paul Emmanuel | Owen Griffiths | Maleonn Ma |Fern Thomas | Zeng Huanguang
Let's see what happensâ¦ is a Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Offsite exhibition featuring the work of seven artists, four from Wales and three from China. It will take place in six venues across Swansea city centre and will demonstrate a variety of working methods, including painting, performance, video installation and socially engaged practice. Each space is distinct from the other, but the work of each artist is connected by their shared experience of spending time together in Swansea, Xiamen and Shanghai. The exhibition revolves around the conversations they shared about their work, their lives, the places they live in, their diverse artistic methods and their exchange of ideas.Maleonn is based in China, his work consists of photographs, installation and participatory performance and will be shown at Mission Gallery. The other participating artists are; Tim Davies, Yingmei Duan, Owen Griffiths, Paul Emmanuel, Zeng Huanguang and Fern Thomas. Their work will be exhibited at several other venues across the city, including; Elysium, Supersaurus, The Ragged School and Swansea Market.
A Glynn Vivian Offsite exhibition in partnership with Coastal Housing, Elysium Gallery, Mission Gallery, Ragged School, Swansea Market and YMCA Swansea.
Let's see what happensâ¦ has been supported by The Arts Council of Wales, British Council, British Council Wales, Connections through Culture, Confucius Institute, Swansea Metropolitan University and Wales Arts International.
Image Credit - Maleonn, Studio Mobile, 2012. Courtesy the artist.