Ye Funa: From Hand to Hand


LOCATION: Nottingham Contemporary

DATE: 17 Feb 2018 – 04 Mar 2018

Ye Funa’s practice is concerned with the boundaries between daily life and contemporary art. Her work explores the effects of new media and globalisation on cultural identity and gender. For our exhibition, Ye will produce a new episode in her online Peep-Stream series, addressing society’s current desire to display ourselves through selfies, webchats and social media. Ping-Pong Stream, an interactive live-streamed performance, will focus on China’s waning interest in ping pong in favour of celebrity sports of basketball and football. Produced in The Space at Nottingham Contemporary, Ping Pong Stream will tell the story of Yong Ping, a former Ping Pong World Champion.

The final video will be embedded in an immersive installation that converts the Project Space into a nail salon. Here, nails become the exhibition space through which Ye artificially reforms the natural extremities of the body. This exhibition is part of NOW: A Dialogue on Female Chinese Contemporary Artists, in collaboration with CFCCA, HOME, Turner Contemporary, MIMA and Tate.

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB



NOW is a collaborative programme aimed at reinvigorating discussion around the role of female contemporary artists in the art ecology of present day China. Through a series of exhibitions, commissions and events, NOW explores how the diversity of current female artistic practice transcends notions of gender difference to offer hybrid perspectives on their socio-political environment. The transformative impacts of societal change have opened new, transcultural, possibilities for female artists working today.

Launching in February 2018, the programme includes exhibitions at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Middlesbrough),Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham) and Turner Contemporary (Margate) an artist film series at HOME (Manchester) and a symposium hosted by Tate Research Centre: Asia(London).

Featured artists in the exhibitions include Na Buqi, Wu Chao, Ye Funa, Yang Guangnan, Ma Qiusha, Li Shurui, Luo Wei, Hu Xiaoyuan, Shen Xin, Yin Xiuzhen and Geng Xue.

Featured artists in the film series include Hao Jingban, Shiyuan Liu, Wang NewOne, Yao Qingmei, Ma Qiusha, Liu Yi, Chi Jang Yin, Miao Ying, Liang Yue, Peng Yun, Guan Xiao, Hu Xiaoyuan, Wang Xin and Geng Xue.

In the history of modern and contemporary Chinese art, female artists have long been marginalised and left at the fringes of art historical debate. This under-representation was challenged in the 1990s by an emerging artistic trend termed ‘women’s art’ and artistic practices started to deal with concepts such as feminism. Although this provided a platform for female artists, it soon revealed certain constrictions and limitations, marginalising female artistic practice to more conservative representations and ideas, such as femininity.

Here, the variety of artworks reflects the many viewpoints of artists in the wake of feminist movements of the past. The aim of this collaborative programme is to re-open a dialogue on the way female artists are positioning themselves now and to explore the complex and multifaceted influence of gender categorisation upon their creative process. Furthermore it considers how the rapid transformations of contemporary China have provided possibilities for female artists to take advantage of transcultural opportunities.

NOW is co-organised by Plus Tate, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in collaboration with HOME, Manchester; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Nottingham Contemporary and Turner Contemporary, Margate. The programme is sponsored by the China National Arts Fund and supported by British Council, China.

Your Selfie Stick (and You)-Lian Zhou Foto


Your Selfie Stick (and You)

Dec. 2nd, 2017 ~ Jan. 2nd, 2018

Lianzhou, Guangdong

Work “PeeP Stream Training Camp” Paticipate in the THEMATIC at in Liang Zhou Foto Festival.

Your Selfie Stick (and You)

Sandra Maunac

We live in a digital culture that has completely transformed our visual habits.  We witness and participate in the mass use of the “me” – previously reserved to but a few – because this staging is the only way to prevail in this world of visual competitiveness. However, when faced with this overexposure of images, we should ask ourselves where the creator of images is positioned.

Previously, the photographer went out to capture reality in his surroundings; nowadays, many decide to dive into the network and, from therein, build their documentary fictions. This fertile and seemingly inexhaustible mesh, as well as being accessible to all, is another instrument that allows us to make visible certain situations. The difference resides in the degree of manipulation of those elements taken from Internet, in a different order than the established one. Small disruptions, slight signs and gaps, allow us to denounce certain positioning and encourage questions, although those same disruptions are warning signs that the lines have been completely erased, that there is no private and public anymore, no true or false; everything is part of the whole.

In this era of democratization of images, social networks and their power to communicate are playing an essential role. The presence of platforms such as Facebook and Instagram has not only transformed our method of communicating, but has also propelled the possibility of modifying the imaginary that we have as regards a whole continent or a whole country. These are tools available to any and everyone, with no distinctions as regards gender, race, social or cultural standing. And that allow us to open doors, give voices and, even more importantly, empower.










Home, Sweet Home-PSA 2017 Emerging Curators Project


PSA 2017 Emerging Curators Project PSA青策计划2017

Curators: Housewife Squad (Mo Wanli, Deng Yuanye, Lin Lin)

Artists: Lyla Wu and Ye Funa, Yao Weiwei/Yin Shun and Hu Yinping, Qi Shanshan and Ma Qiusha, Ma Yuanrong and Han Xia, Zhou Jianjia/Li Danfeng and Zeng Burong/Deng Hanbin.

Venue:Power Station of Art Gallery 7 5F


Peep Stream stage installation view

About the Exhibition

By presenting the ambiguities related to labor division, intimate relationships, opposition, violence and their modern alternatives of women in domestic space, Home, Sweet Home discusses the historical construction of sweet home and demystifies such sweetness through spectator’s voyeuristic perspective. Capitalizing on the corresponding narrative and spatial structure, the exhibition also attempts to explore the relationship between the act of viewing and space as it is used to suggest and define viewing experience, exhibited objects and displaying methods.

The exhibition includes three parts: architectural and artistic work, document presentation and public participation. Six regularly-arranged Disciplinary Walls exhibit how “sweet home” is historically constructed in terms of labor division, intimate relations, opposition, violence, etc. With 158 pieces of historical materials, social events, spatial cases and models, first-hand research materials, original works and so on, the document exhibition indicates the evolution and solidification of domestic space and its core content, suggesting the dynamics and multiple clues of such process within a complex cultural background.

Five Cocoons wrapped by the Disciplinary walls- The Laboring Cocoon, The Ethical Cocoon, The Intimate Cocoon, The Therapeutic Cocoon, and The Non-Nuclear Family Cocoon – represents the inwardness and privacy of home, and also serves as spaces for artistic intervention. Five pairs of architects and artists are invited to collaborate and to express five spatial themes with their creations. They are: Lyla Wu and Ye Funa, Yao Weiwei/Yin Shun and Hu Yinping, Qi Shanshan and Ma Qiusha, Ma Yuanrong and Han Xia, Zhou Jianjia/Li Danfeng and Zeng Burong/Deng Hanbin. Various materials, structural forms, and presentational forms of artistic creations are engaged to suggest another possibility for the spatial theme. Layering openings through the Disciplinary Walls produce two Voyeuristic Cones, which allow spectator to peep into the Cocoons to participate in the deconstruction of Sweet Home and witness the collapse of such modern myths as public and privacy, production pattern, social discrepancy, claim and discourse, romantic relations, freedom and equality, etc.

About the Curatorial Team

Housewife Squad is a research (and wechat) group with a curiosity on women’s everyday life. The group was initiated by Mo Wanli, Deng Yuanye and Lin Lin, who are doctoral students at College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. As a curatorial and research group with multi-disciplinary backgrounds, Housewife Squad is interested in the trivial yet mysterious domestic life as well as agendas concerning female and space.

Mo Wanli received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and is interested in contemporary forms of life in relation to material and immaterial production. Deng Yuanye is currently in a joint doctoral program with MIT School of Architecture and Planning and she received her Master of Anthropology degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on urban and rural forms and their structural transformation. Lin Lin is a lecturer at Jiageng College, Xiamen University and she is interested in urban anthropology and historical preservation.