Pause: Evelyn Taocheng Wang
What is he afraid of?
27–30 September 18

 

Opening: 26 September 18, 7 pm

Talk with Evelyn Taocheng Wang and the curators Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Mayer: 30 September 18, 5 pm

 

<p>Evelyn Taocheng Wang, <em>Cool Smell Room</em>, 2018, Courtesy the artist</p>

Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Cool Smell Room, 2018, Courtesy the artist

 

The work of Evelyn Taocheng Wang (born 1981 in Chengdu, CN) emerges from an interest in what constitutes identity and how one’s own body is culturally relative to—and intertwined with—autobiographical structures. For KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s series Pause, Wang will present a completely new body of work, consisting of two films and an installation of large-scale fabrics. Pause is envisioned as a platform to punctuate the program by presenting a singular installation for a short period of time in order to bridge relationships between the past, present and future.

 

The new work is a result of Wang’s reflection on differing versions of mythologies that derive from various origins and have been written, altered, edited, and retold over time in different cultural contexts, with a particular focus on the fairy tale of The Princess and the Frog. Across all of these contexts, the tale is closely related to questions of transformation and the idea that identity is fluid and adaptable.

 

Taking the notion of the fictionalization of characters as well as an actual architectural site, the exhibition becomes a space where narratives are translated into a spatial structure within KW’s main hall. The institution’s premises symbolize both the architecture of the body and its structure in the process of transformation.

 

Curators: Maurin Dietrich, Cathrin Mayer

 

Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Hospital Conversation (video excerpt), 2018, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters

 

 

 

 

<p>With kind support of the Dutch Embassy and Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, and Company Gallery, New York.</p>
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With kind support of the Dutch Embassy and Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, and Company Gallery, New York.

 

 

 

<p>Pause: Evelyn Taocheng Wang is part of <a href="http://www.berlinartweek.de">Berlin Art Week 2018.</a></p>

 

Pause: Evelyn Taocheng Wang is part of Berlin Art Week 2018.

 

 

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Evelyn Taocheng Wang,  installation view of the exhibition "What is he afraid of?", 2018, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons
Welters, photo: Frank Sperling
Evelyn Taocheng Wang, installation view of the exhibition "What is he afraid of?", 2018, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Frank Sperling
Evelyn Taocheng Wang,  installation view of the exhibition "What is he afraid of?", 2018, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons
Welters, photo: Frank Sperling
Evelyn Taocheng Wang, installation view of the exhibition "What is he afraid of?", 2018, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Frank Sperling
Evelyn Taocheng Wang,  installation view of the exhibition "What is he afraid of?", 2018, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons
Welters, photo: Frank Sperling
Evelyn Taocheng Wang, installation view of the exhibition "What is he afraid of?", 2018, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Frank Sperling