Longlati Foundation Appoints Jenny Jiaying Chen as Art Director

Longlati Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Jiaying Chen as Art Director, who has assumed her new position on March 1, 2023.

Jenny Jiaying Chen has been with Longlati Writers’ Acquisition Committee (Shanghai) since the fall of 2021. In this new position, she will work closely with Longlati’s team to fully engage in exhibition coordination and curation, establish connections with external institutions, reach full communication, and explore international collaboration possibilities. At the same time, she will combine her own research with exhibitions, publications, and public programs to provide a more diverse academic context for Longlati’s collection and patronage program, to explore the practices of international women artists, minority and multiple minority groups, and post-1990 Chinese artists in the twentieth century, and to promote cross-regional, cross-community and cross-cultural dialogue. As a scholar focusing on the frontiers of inquiry, Jenny will also dive into Longlati Foundation’s collection to realize a forward-looking group exhibition project based on sorting and organizing the artists’ cases.

Dust that Rides the Wind

The Su’ao-Hualien Railway in eastern Taiwan and the Pacific Railway in the United States face each other across the ocean. These are monuments to the suffering of Asian immigrants and Taiwanese indigenous who migrated and labored in the global colonial past, and the fruits of man’s great ambition to transform nature after the Industrial Revolution. And these two railways are also entangled with Su Yu-Xin’s family history and her own locus of migration. In Su’s solo exhibition “Dust that rides the Wind”, the two railways, as “Water Close to Land (Coastal Road on the East Side of Taiwan)”, and “A Place of the Coming and Going (Snow Shed of CPRR Near Cisco),” are repeatedly depicted as seaside cliffs and mountain tunnels.   The light illuminates the ocean as well as the road way, shinning and shifting from bright to dark, in various tones of gold and emerald.   

Su Yu-Xin: Dust that Rides the Wind

The first institutional solo show of Su Yu-Xin (b. 1991, Hualien, Taiwan; lives and works in Los Angeles) in Mainland China will be held at Longlati Foundation, Shanghai. Entitled “Dust that Rides the Wind”, the exhibition is curated by Beijing-based curator Luan Shixuan. As the recipient of Longlati Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2021–22 cycle, Su Yu-Xin will present her year-long project of color study and painting practice, including more than 30 works on canvas or wood panel, as well as marked traces and physical shreds of evidence produced in the process.

Entangled, Ensnared, Entwined – Carol Bove, Hu Xiaoyuan, Alicja Kwade

Longlati Spring Exhibition 2023, “Entangled, Ensnared, Entwined”, features three internationally celebrated women artists from the post-70s generation: Carol Bove (b. 1971, Geneva, Switzerland; lives and works in New York), Hu Xiaoyuan (b. 1977, Harbin, China; lives and works in Beijing), and Alicja Kwade (b. 1979, Katowice, Poland; lives and works in Berlin). The exhibition reflects their nuanced insights into the sculptural forms of personal, psychological, and social attachments. It is articulated by three sub-themes that describe various dimensions of intertwining as a metaphor for living in or with nature – “Entangled Positions,” “Ensnared Beings,” and “Entwined Engagements” – through a process of a constellation that juxtaposes or counterposes works by the three artists. Echoing part of the mission of the Longlati Collection and Patronage Program, which is to represent the interests of women artists from the last century, all the works on show this time were acquired by the Foundation in the past few years.

Art Critic Saša Bogojev Article〈Tan Yongqing:Fantexi (范特西) 〉

Fantasy is the activity of imagining actions and ideas beyond the constrains of reality. Once those are curbed within the sphere of factuality, one is simply thinking. So, the appealing quality of fantasy is how close or far it can get from reality, or at least possible reality. The fact that it’s generally improbable according to common knowledge, makes it both fascinating and entertaining.