Exhibition

Yan Gi Cheng - Poetics of Trash

5 Apr 2019 – 7 Apr 2019

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Vernissage /// Friday 5th April: 19h-01h
Opening Hours /// Sat 6th + Sun 7th: 17-20h

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free

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Berlin, Germany

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This exhibition presents a series of artworks by Yan Gi Cheng which explore the intersections of art and sustainable practices, working with a diverse use of materials, visual constructions, sustainable strategies and conceptual manoeuvres.

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Das Giftraum is pleased to announce a solo show by Yan Gi Cheng.

Vernissage /// Friday 5th April: 19h-01h
Opening Hours /// Sat 6th + Sun 7th: 17-20h

This exhibition presents a series of artworks by Yan Gi Cheng which explore the intersections of art and sustainable practices. We are living in a time of ecological tipping points, more than ever conscious of the distastrous global legacy of Enlightenment modernity. The origin of the current environmental crisis is located in our fundamental relation to the natural and material world around us. Historically nature and its resources have been treated as something to be exploited and commercialised. Therefore, what we need is a manifesto that will re-conceptualise our relation to materiality and the environment. The works in this exhibition aim to find solutions to contemporary social and ecological concerns. Working within a diverse use of materials, visual constructions, sustainable strategies and conceptual manoevres; with environmental activism at the heart of these explorations. Materials were locally sourced in Berlin so as to reduce the carbon burning foot print, and are either recycled, water based or biodegradable.

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Diese Ausstellung zeigt eine Reihe von Kunstwerken von Yan Gi Cheng, die die Schnittstellen zwischen Kunst und nachhaltigen Praktiken erforschen. Wir leben in einer Zeit ökologischer Wendepunkte und sind uns mehr als je zuvor der unangenehmen globalen Erbe der modernen Aufklärung bewusst. Der Ursprung der aktuellen Umweltkrise liegt in unserem grundlegenden Verhältnis zur natürlichen und materiellen Welt, die uns umgibt. Die geschichtliche Natur und ihre Ressourcen wurden als etwas betrachtet, das genutzt und kommerzialisiert werden sollte. Deshalb brauchen wir ein Manifest, das unsere Beziehungen zu Materialität und Umwelt neu konzeptualisiert. Die Arbeiten dieser Ausstellung zielen darauf ab, Lösungen für zeitgenössische soziale und ökologische Belange zu finden. Arbeiten mit vielfältigen Materialien, visuellen Konstruktionen, nachhaltigen Strategien und konzeptionellen Manövern; mit Umweltaktivismus im Zentrum dieser Erkundungen. Die Materialien wurden lokal in Berlin beschafft, um den CO2-Fußabdruck zu reduzieren, und sind entweder recycelt, auf Wasserbasis oder biologisch abbaubar.

Artist Biography :
Yan Gi Cheng (born. 1981) is an Artist, Curator and Founder of Galeri Gi, an art space which presents sustainable art practices. He is the Curator of Globe Gallery Grabowsee Berlin, an annual artist residency and festival. Based in Berlin but born in England to parents of Hong Kong dissent. He worked as a professional designer for Hussein Chalayan creating high tech fashion and video art installations before completing his MFA in Sculpture at Central Saint Martins London. His broad practice is an ongoing investigation into ideas surrounding transnational identity, contemporary philosophy and geographical landscape as a space for historical renegotiation. In his practice he often questions forms of history making as well as challenging cultural norms. He has been an Artist in Residence at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris. Institute für Alles Möglich and GlogauAIR, Berlin. Residency Unlimited, NARS Foundation and The Wassaic Project, New York.

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Yan Gi Cheng

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