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2019-2020 Solo Exhibitions by Katja Schenker and Robert Zhao


About the Curator:

Feng Boyi 

        He is an independent curator, art critic and also concurrently work as a researcher in the Institue of Sociology of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. Now live and work in Beijing.

        He served concurrently as the art director inthe He Xiangning Art Museum from 2007-2017 and won the “Annual Curator” for the12th ACC Art China in 2018.

        Since the late 1980s, Feng has devoted himself to curating, commenting,and editing contemporary Chinese art, paying attention to the marginal,alternative artists and groups, as well as the living state and artistic creation of the younger generation of artists, focusing on experimental and critical contemporary art. He has written, and contributed to numerous articles, theses and essays. He has curated many important exhibitions in China and abroad. including “Traces of Existence: 1998 Chinese Contemporary Art Study Exhibition ”(Beijing), “Fuck Off 1 and Fuck Off 2”(Shanghai; Groninger Museum,Netherlands), “Reinterpretation: The First Guangzhou Triennial” (GuangdongMuseum of Art), “Right Hand, Left Hand: A Sino-German Exhibition ofContemporary Art” (798 Art District, Beijing), “A Vista of Perspectives: TheSixth Shenzhen Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition” (OCT Contemporary ArtTerminal, Shenzhen), “Surreptitious Substitutions: Post-Modern Methods inChinese Contemporary Art” (OCAT Art and Design Gallery), “The FourthCross-Strait Four-Regions Artistic Exchange Project” (He Xiangning Art Museum;Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Osage Gallery Kwan Tong; and Macau Museum of Art),“CAFAM Future: Sub-Phenomena - Report on the State of Young Chinese Art” (CAFAArt Museum, Beijing), “A New Dynasty - Created in China”(ARoS Aarhus ArtMuseum, Denmark), “Utopias/Heterotopia—Wuzhen International Contemporary ArtExhibition (Wuzhen, China) and “Xu Bing: Thought and Method”(UCCA, Beijing) Feng Boyi is one of the most active independent curators and critics inChina.

Zhang Fan

        Zhang Fan, graduated from Wuhan Universityand University of Amsterdam. She has lots of experience working for differentart institutions and been involved in the planning and production of manyexhibitions in and out of China, such as Now is the Time — WuzhenInternational Contemporary Art Exhibition (Wuzhen, China), 2019;  Utopias/Heterotopia—Wuzhen InternationalContemporary Art Exhibition (Wuzhen, China), 2016; Work, Rest and Play:British Photography from the 1960s to today, ( Shenzhen, Shanghai, Chengdu),2015-2016; Design Edge: Inside/ Outside —OCT- Loft Creative Festival,2013; Ink Alchemy : The Experimental Ink of Gu Wenda, 2010.

Ji Dahai

        aving graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts,. He was an art teacher and art editor. He did business from 1997. He has been involved in decoration design, real estate development and other fields.  In 2017, he founded the Yalu River Modern and Contemporary Art Museum and has been the director ever since.

About the Artist:


Katja Schenker

        Born in 1968 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, he studied comparative literature, art history and philosophy at the University of Zurich and the French Academy of Social Sciences. Now lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.


        It is organized by the Yalu River Art Museum, with Ji Dahai as the exhibition director. "Bright trouvailles-Katja Schenker" (Switzerland) and "The Lines We Draw - Robert Zhao" (Singapore) are curated by Feng Boyi and Zhang Fan Renhui), solo exhibitions, will open at Yalu River Art Museum in Dandong on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. This is another annual exhibition project of Yalu River Art Museum after the successful solo exhibition "2017-2018 Wang Luyan".


Katja Schenker by Claudia Klein

        Katja Schenker, born in St Gallen, Switzerland, studied comparative literature, art history and philosophy at the University of Zurich and the Ecole Superieure des Social Sciences in France. She now lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Her art is mainly created through multi-media, such as performance, installation and sculpture. She focuses on the multi-dimensional relationship between natural environment and architectural space, body action and material processing, and strengthens the transience and durability in the process of material energy transformation. Particular emphasis is placed on the perception and experience of the interaction between the artist, the work and the audience.

        This time, Katja Schenker was invited to hold a solo exhibition in the Yalu River Art Museum. She studied the site, collected and researched relevant information, and spent a month on the exhibition site to create several pieces of flexible metal mesh of 7 meters by 10 meters. On the meshes, some unique products of Dandong, such as driftwood from the Yalu River, shells, tussah silk and fishing nets, as well as materials such as magnetic ore, gypsum and cement, are put up. Then the metal meshes are extruded and collided with the body of the self to make it deform, forming a tension between the individual behavior and the metal meshes.


Katja Schenker and her assistant Daniel were at work


When the weak body interacts with the tough metal meshes, the body leaves deep impressions in the metal meshes, resulting in the undulating shape of the metal meshes, and even highlighting a kind of twisted perversity.


Katja Schenker was at work

       Symbolically, it corresponds to her confrontational attitude towards the restrictions, barriers and boundaries of reality, as well as her status situation, or it is also a true portrayal of her living situation. It is not only her certainty of her own existence, but also the direct, homespun power of the work itself.


Bright trouvailles - Katja Schenker,2019

910cm x 750cm x 220cm

metal mesh, fishing rope, fishing net, wooden boat, floating ball, porcelain pendant, tussah silk, tussah shell, gypsum, tin pieces, fishing gear, iron chain, anchor.



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