Open House - Post Space

ChART Contemporary Collaborates with WAZA to Test the Open House exhibition model, reflecting our Mission of Bringing Together Art & People. Join us on April 19 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and experience Open House: Post Space, a New Video Series Created by WAZA and Curated by ChART Contemporary. Join us on April 19 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and experience Open House: Post Space, a New Video Series Created by WAZA and Curated by ChART Contemporary.

Post Space is a series of six videos completed in 2009. WAZA was inspired to create this body of work after learning the film production studio in Wuhan was storing thousands of outtakes from 16 millimeter films edited in China during the 1950s and 1960s. These outtakes are from Soviet, Japanese and Chinese films. WAZA uses this abandoned footage, this abandoned creative output, to shed light on the dire situation facing China’s inland cities. Ironically these cities have also been left behind. There is a staggering gap between the economic and social development in a second tier city such as Wuhan and first tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. This artist collective meticulously sorted through the “garbage” for months to produce Post Space. The eerie soundtrack is WAZA’s digital creation and highlights the feeling of isolation. By transforming “garbage” into “treasure,” WAZA meditates on the harsh reality facing China’s inland cities and embraces the unwanted. As this work unfolds before your eyes, we hope your spirit is charged, and perhaps the cities and people being overlooked will be remembered.

ChART Contemporary recently returned to the Open House Test Case venue for a meeting. This space, an office that went bankrupt, has been converted into the office of an American company. We never imagined that we would have access to the space again. These are the coincidences that add to the multi-layers of the Open House project.

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Open House: Post Space a collaboration between ChART Contemporary and WAZA, April 19, 2009