The Smart Gallery 杀马特发廊takes the form of a pop-up beauty parlor in art Gallery and Museum over China. SMART(Sha-ma-te) have been shamed by China’s urbanites for their outlandish hair with some calling them “tasteless and low-brow”. Smart community, a subculture created by China’s rural youths born in the 1990s. Found mostly in Southern China’s factory towns, Smart’s fashion sense is inspired by Japanese Visual Kei, known for its punk rock hairstyle and makeup.
From ancient times to the present, hair carries secret and rich meaning. “Hairstyle” can be expressed as a form of resistance of individuals to mainstream values, a “movable temporary device”, and a gesture and action that is better than a speech. In subcultural studies, playing with hair (making art) can also be seen as a form of shame, a sign of self-exile, and a symbol of tension between the dominant group and the subordinate group.
The purpose of Exhibitionist Series is to break the boundaries of “daily display” and “art exhibition”, and to reduce the distance between the public and contemporary art. In our current hyper connected society, people’s desire to “display” is everywhere- selfies, Insagram, Wechat, and in its most extreme form-Live Stream. As a global online culture with a fundamental desire to expose and to peep, Live Streams occupy a space where visual expression and textual feedback are instantly accessible. This live space parasitizes online, and becomes the way of displaying and self- expressing for new generation.
Exhibitionist：The Smart Gallry/ Installation &live evnet/ C5cnm space，Beijing/ 2021
Burn Love Hair Salon/ Installation &live evnet/ Picnic Festival，Tank Shanghai/ 2021
Exhibitionist: JinFeng Roller Skating Club/ Installation &live evnet/ Tank Shanghai/ 2021