All in the era,
The coronavirus brings much for us to narrate and contemplate.
Tenant of ‘COANTIVIRUS’ is to collect and look upon independent thoughts in this unforgettable time from an objective and extensive perspective.
What are we doing?
Since the exhibition initiates，it’s unexpected that now the epidemic spread around the world. But it makes clearer our original intent: empathy.
At first, to plan this exhibition is to make artworks records of communication between individuals and the world. In another word, our principle is not to discuss the participation of art in this epidemic, more importantly, to illustrate its functions of recording and empathizing.
“We believe that ‘COANTIVIRUS’ could document this pandemic time and every individual in its times through art ——who brave coronavirus risks, or are self-quarantined at home; Who are left alone or keep working; who are anxious or indifferent. Tell the world that we are all still ‘alive’.”
Nowadays, the globalization brings out repeatedly the commonality of culture. It depends on it that people think form the perspective of a common world, meanwhile view things from various aspects. There is no possibility, for art, to assign a common set of measurement or criteria. However, the real meaning of art lies with the resonance arising from being seen and heard, which is also its identity in this globalized and contemporary world —— as a public language.
“We believe that the commonality of the modern world could be released by personalities of art, and then be connected and perceived finally for the empathy.”
In design thinking theory, the fundamental and even most important element is empathy. Every individual forms an era. This exhibition wants to present not only the most glaring part during the war against coronavirus, but also parts which seem insignificant and hidden in the debris. We are exploring collective images of this era between personal records and collective memory.
The precondition of empathy is personal perception. When the world is perceived from only one viewpoint, the existence of empathy will turn out to be the obstacle to the progress of civilization
That would be much obvious in art field. When the art creators lose their subjective experience and stay in the superficial "seeing" level, the individuality of art will disappear and the commonality will collapse.
“We believe that every individual can feel inside their hearts, concern on the links between the inner and outside worlds, and think from what they see rather than see what they can tell from others’ subconsciousness. ”
What kind of role do art, human and culture plays respectively in the epidemic? Whether they are contributing or not?
‘COANTIVIRUS’ Online Exhibition is not only an exhibition, but also a humanitarian museum. The value of art is based on what the future generation feels and contemplates the connection between the artwork and the environment it presents at its times,
rather than on the judgment made by people who live at its times. Hence, this exhibition aims at not judging, but collecting human-oriented derivatives from this human-centred circumstance.
“We believe that art could be full-filled with humanistic thinking: at this time, to think of me and you, us and them, even whether the ray of sunshine still shines at the corner of streets.”
‘RECORD’, ‘COMMONALITY’, ‘EMPATHY’, ‘HUMAN-CENTERED’
According to factors shown above, ‘COANTIVIRUS’ is not only inaugurated for seeing the pandemic, but also for more public to be aware of the communications between the world of this time, and ‘me’. Because every of us, like a fragment, is an integrative whole, and those fragments are elements of the real world.
“We devote to reflect ourselves at present through the elements in ‘COANTIVIRUS’.”
Hope what you want to express happens to coincide with what we intend to do.
Wish you all the best in this pandemic，
—— From ‘COANTIVIRUS’ Exhibition Curation Team