Ma Haijiao: Seven-and-a-half letters from home
June 24th, 2017 8pm
 No.4 Langjia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing

There are many different understandings of the semantic meanings behind why home/family is called 家 in Chinese. Whether the place of one's birth, growing up, or the place where one currently resides--at the moment, the author believes that "home" is where one can say they currently themselves reside or previously resided. 

Seven-and-a-half letters from home, reaching across even time and space and finally arriving at seven-and-a-half sheets of paper in the author's previous dwelling. Naturally, some of these thusly-named "dwelling-places" have been destroyed, some have faded away, some have become other people's property, some continue to provide various travelers with a place to stay, some use the furniture and still lifes the author used to touch, and some are changed beyond recognition. But they are still good, "from blue seas to mulberry fields" [changes over time]. These seven-and-a-half letters from home may, in the future, in some time, on some day, vanish without a trace, remaining only in what we define as "letters from home." 

About the Artist

Ma Haijiao (b.1990, Hebei province, China), from 2009 to 2016, study at China Academy of Art, gained a BA and then an MFA, now lives and works in Beijing. His art practice has an enduring concern with the daily “routine” of life, and taking this as the basis, he traces its logic clues to connect the working forms and video narratives. His recent exhibitions include “Message to the Future”(Canvas Contemporary Gallery, Amsterdam, 2017); “The New Normal”(Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017); “Semantic Satiation”(Tabula Rasa Gallery, Beijing, 2017); “Why Not Ask Again: The 11th Shanghai Biennale”(Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2016); “Fly Without Wings”(V ART Center, Shanghai, 2015). His work “Mr. Quan” collected by Power Station of Art (Shanghai).

马海蛟:七又二分一页家书
2017年6月24日 8pm
北京市东城区郎家胡同4号

家之所以称为家,其语义理解各有不同。出生之地,成长之地亦或是暂且生活之地,作者在此姑且把它以为是自己的居住之所,或曾经的居住之所。

七又二分之一页家书,即越过时空而抵达作者曾居住之所的七页半纸张。当然,这些所谓的居住之所有些已经破败,有些已经消逝,有些成为了他人的资产,有些继续供不同的路客所使用,有些保留着作者曾经所触及的家具或静物,有些更新了所有以至于面目全非。但也还好,沧海桑田,这七又二分之一页家书说不定也会在未来的某日某时销声匿迹,只保留在我们把它称之为“家书”的定义里。

关于艺术家

马海蛟1990年生于河北,于2009至2016年就读于中国美术学院,先后获学士学位和硕士学位,现工作、生活于北京。他长期关注生命中的“日常性”部分, 并以此为基底追踪逻辑线索构成工作形态以及影像文本。其近期展览如:“Message to the Future”(Canvas Contemporary Gallery, 阿姆斯特丹,2017);“例外状态”(尤伦斯当代艺术中心,北京,2017);“完形崩坏”(Tabula Rasa画廊,北京,2017);“第11届上海双年展:何不再问”(上海当代艺术博物馆,上海,2016); “不翼而飞”影像三人展(视界艺术中心,上海,2015)。其作品《马国权》由上海当代艺术博物馆收藏。