Depression, unfortunately, affects young and old and can be a debilitating illness. Like a dark cloud that shrouds the person, it leaves them isolated and powerless, There is no goal in their life where they seek solace in a cold and dark room. They avoid conversations and meaningful interactions and has little motivation to start or finish a project. They cannot deal with even the simplest of chores but would instead be moribund with dark thoughts. Even if there are caring friends and family trying to reach out to help them, they are incapable of accepting help.
The hurly burly of modern day life has accentuated the problem and increasingly number of people are getting off of the bus of life, marooned in this inexplicable darkness. It is a lonely journey for those who found themselves in this quagmire.
Art is actually a language that even the morbidly depressed can appreciate. Regardless of the genres, art can help lift that cloud of darkness. This common language provides them with hope, with beauty and with a meaning. The hope is that through art, we would be able to reach out to those in the midst of their difficulties and allow them to embrace beauty, happiness and life.
Photography is a particularly powerful record of beauty and vibrancy. It is the ultimate language of hope and light. It is through this medium that I hope we can exemplify the meaning of life.
I have therefore selected eight artists that are particularly adept at explaining beauty and life through their photography. These talented individuals have joined out cause to lend a helping hand to this worthy project. Li Shan, Liu Ye, Yan Lei, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhang Yanzi, XiangJing, Xu Lei, Jiang Zhi are the leading contemporary artists in China with an enormous following. Equally importantly, they are lovely and lively people, with unique inner beauty, charming personalities, and love in their hearts.
Through their eyes, we hope that a skylight can open up for those in their darkest hour of need. These individuals strive to make the impossible possible. Our sincerest thanks to these artists for lending a helping hand,
Born in Beijing in 1968, Xiang Jing graduated from Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in 1995. She had been lecturer of sculpture studio at Fine Art College of Shanghai Normal University from 1999 to 2007. Xiang Jing founded Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci (X+Q) Sculpture Studio with her husband and artist Qu Guangci in 2007. Xiang Jing now works and lives in Beijing.
“Speaking through the body” used to be one of Xiang Jing’s trademarks. Ever since her two solo exhibitions Keep in Silence (2003-2005) and Naked Beyond Skin (2006-2007), Xiang Jing has been thinking and creating works around the subject of female body. Her artistic language has matured through “The Virgin series”, “The Body series”, and “Naked Beyond Skin series”, as manifested in some of her most important works such as Your Body (2005), The Open (2006), and Are a Hundred Playing You? Or Only One? (2007). Boldly experimenting with her sculptural language, Xiang Jing is also mindful about engaging space and mirror images when creating and installing her works. Eventually, Xiang Jing’s artistic concerns go beyond the female identity and sex – for her, the body is used as a premise to explain and explore how a certain group is related to the greater world.Xiang Jing’s solo exhibition Will Things Ever Get Better? From 2011 uses the acrobats series and the animal series to explore the topic of ‘predicament’ and ‘human being’s fate’, opening many new possibilities in Xiang Jing’s art.
颜磊曾经在尤伦斯当代艺术中心(UCCA)和阿斯蓬美术馆(Aspen art museum)做过个展。作品在伊斯坦布尔双年展，广州三年展，圣保罗双年展，光州双年展，上海双年展，威尼斯双年展等国际大展上展出， 颜磊还在2007和2012年连续两次被邀参加德国卡塞尔文件展(Documenta）。
born in 1965, Hebei, China, was a graduate of the Zhejiang Academy of Art (Now the China Academy of Art, in Hangzhou), is currently working and living in Beijing.
As one of the most outstanding and influential contemporary Chinese artist, his personal style and artworks demonstrate extreme nihilist attitude and its relevant aesthetic characteristics, whose practice stimulates many fellow artists in the field.
Yan Lei has held solo exhibitions at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and the Aspen Art Museum. His artworks were shown in the Istanbul Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale, Sao Paolo Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale and many other major international exhibitions. Yan Lei was also invited to participate in both the 2007 and 2012 Documenta in Kassel Germany.
*In 2002, Yan Lei received the China Contemporary Art Award founded by Uli Sigg.
一封信 NO.3 2014
2005年《风 雅 颂》参加第二届北京国际双年展；
Zhang Yanzi was born in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province. She is currently based in Beijing and she serves as the Editor-in-chief of CAFA ART INFO at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Zhang got her MFA in both the Chinese Painting Department at China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Beijing Normal University. The direction of her research is contemporary figure painting with ink and wash.
Awards and Selected Exhibitions:
The Remedy was awarded the Best Artwork of 2013 Lu Xun Culture Awards
The Remedy, solo show at Today Art Museum (2013)
Qi (Flow of Energy) included in The Grand Canal: Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia(2013)
Registration included in Recurrence of Ink and Wash: 2000-2012 Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Invitation Exhibition (2012);
Refreshing Breeze included in Self Image: Woman Art in China (1920-2010), Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (2010);
Walk While Stepping on the Gauze – Solo Exhibition of Zhang Yanzi, Shanghai Art Museum (2010);
Solo Exhibition, France (2008);
Walk While Stepping on the Gauze in Jinling Painting Exhibition of One Hundred Chinese Artists with gold award (2007);
Xiao Cui, Lichang Cup the 5th Traditional Chinese Painting Exhibition sponsored by China Federation of Literature and Art Circles with gold award (2007);
Airs of the States, Courtly Songs, and Hymns, the 2nd Beijing International Art Biennale (2005);
Red Rose and White Rose, the 10th National Art Exhibition, bronze prize (2004);
Slow, Slow Tune, the 10th National Art Exhibition (2004);
1963 Born in Nantong, Jiangshu Province,China.
1984 Graduated from Chinese tranditional painting ,Nanjing University of the Arts. Currently works in Chinese National Academy of Arts.
2014 扩延, 新加坡当代美术馆, 新加坡
2012 粉红微笑之后: 阅读‧李山, 台北当代艺术馆, 台北, 台湾
2007 南瓜计划, 李山、张平杰生物艺术作品展, 香格纳画廊主空间, 上海
人类的进化已到尽头: 李山之阅读, 香格纳H空间, 上海
2006 阅读, 2003-2005照片, 香格纳H空间, 上海
2004 李山近期小作品展, 香格纳画廊主空间, 上海
2002 阅读, 李山新作品展, 香格纳画廊主空间, 上海
2001 李山: 子非鱼, 顶层画廊, 上海
1990 个展, 上海戏剧学院, 上海
1942 Born in Lanxi, Heilongjiang Province
1968 Graduated from Arts Department (oil Painting) of Shanghai Theater Academy
1963 Studied at the Heilongjiang University, Heilongjiang
2014 Extension Expansion, MoCA@Loewen, Singapore
2012 Reading Li Shan, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2007 The Pumpkin Project, Li Shan & Zhang Pingjie Bio-Art Exhibition,
Currently lives and works in Beijing and Shenzhen, China
Jiang Zhi works with a range of mediums; such as photography, video, and installation. From the early stages of his artistic career, Jiang has been writing novels while taking photographs, which stems from his deep interest in poetry. Jiang Zhi has consciously positioned himself at the intersection of poetry and sociology. He fervently weaves familiar and mundane social experiences into his works, while at the same time maintaining the tenseness between daily life and our reading of the text. Hence, he has consistently avoided unspecific personal emotions and political statements, and shies away from feeble expressions and critiques. In this aspect, Jiang’s works are open-ended, supple, and possess a taste of poetic vigour.
Jiang Zhi’s catalogue includes：
If This is a Man (2012). TREMBLE (2010). On The White (2008). Neurosis and Prattle (2008). Shine Upon Me (2008). Mu Mu (1999).
2012 Strait is the Gate (Magician Space, Beijing)
2012 Jiang Zhi：If This is a Man (Times Museum.Guangzhou.Guangdong )
2010 ATTITUDE：An Exhibiton by Jiang Zhi (Platform China Contemporary Art Institute Beijing, China/Osage Gallery,kwun tong,Hong Kong/ Osage Gallery， Singapore)
2009 “On The White”, Jiang Zhi Solo Exhibition
“ZHANG XIAOGANG”， 佩斯画廊，纽约，美国
“张晓刚：灵魂上的影子”, 昆士兰美术馆, 布里斯班, 澳大利亚
“修正”, 佩斯画廊, 纽约, 美国
“张晓刚”, 萨拉 · 希尔顿美术馆, 坦佩雷, 芬兰
“Home—张晓刚”, 北京公社, 北京, 中国
“ZHANG XIAOGANG Amnesia and Memory”，Gallery ARTSIDE，首尔，韩国