Neo Hua Ren is an exhibition, independently organized by T, D and S in partnership with V/COLLECTIVE creative agency. It showcases works by London-based young artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The show is a platform to promote undiscovered perspectives on the diaspora and its influence in the globalized world.
Hua Ren (华人) is a wide term representing overseas residents of Chinese descent, including those from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Chinese diaspora in the United Kingdom is fragmented and reflects a complicated history of drastic transformations experienced by the Asian world in the past century. Today, a younger generation, which has inherited the complexity of its origins, infuses it with a different approach formed according to the new reality: in the post-internet world, where everyone is ‘connected’, the concept of a separated, ethnicity-based community is questioned as a mode of living. The exhibition celebrates the openness and diversity of the participating artists. It poses questions: What does ethnic identity mean in a globalized world? Do the young diaspora still face adversity arising from the concept of ‘otherness’ and/or ‘Chineseness’? How has the internet and the ease of technology brought about unexpected social complications? The show aims to unfold a wider, more complex view on the contemporary life of the Hua Ren.
Taking place in the Crypt of St Pancras Church, the show opens up a conversation between artists, who share their aesthetic and conceptual opinions through a variety of mediums. The surroundings of an Anglican church in the very center of London enhance the idea of immigration and complicated relationship between the city, steeped in tradition, and its inhabitants. The Crypt, a basement space, structurally entangled and shaped as a maze, embodies a non-linear structure of the post-modern world, which the contemporary diaspora was formed in, and reveals different layers of narratives of the exhibition.