October 12, 2012

Ding Ren: when a line becomes a mountain

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Opening: Friday 19th October at 19.00

“I used to draw straight lines. I searched for them in green fields and followed their traces. I projected them onto walls and looked for them in library book titles. Living in the Netherlands, I no longer draw straight lines. The topography is flat. The search is unnecessary because the line is already there. It is in the horizon that is visible all around. It extends beyond the green farmland and into the sea. It keeps going. I was born in China but moved to the United States at a young age. These two lands, rooted in varied topography and vast wilderness have influenced my mindset and identity. I grew up on the hyphen, in-between Chinese-American. Here, in the Netherlands, I am either Chinese or American. The line connecting the two is no longer relevant. Instead, it has become a curved topographic line—an absent mountain that I now yearn for.”

The exhibition, ‘when a line becomes a mountain’ at Upominki is the first showing of photographs from the Topographic Mindset project. The photographs represent a selection taken while traveling throughout Europe and SouthEast Asia in the past two years. The series examines the relationship between topography, identity, and place. They are hand-printed chromogenic prints made in the last remaining independent darkroom in Amsterdam.

Ding Ren (1983, Wuhan, China) is an artist and writer based in Amsterdam, NL. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from George Washington University (Washington, DC, US) in 2009 and participated in the Critic’s Residency Program (Baltimore, Maryland, US) in 2006, mentored by Eleanor Heartney and Irving Sandler. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Washington, DC region in group and solo exhibitions. Recently, she has exhibited her work at the Yuchengco Museum (Manila, Philippines) and Kulter Proeflokaal (Amsterdam, NL) and has participated in the Facing Forward lecture series organized by the Stedelijk Museum, University of Amsterdam, de Appel, SMBA, W139, and Metropolis M. ‘when a line becomes a mountain’ at Upominki (Rotterdam, NL) is presented in conjunction with ‘i went to the beach and stared west’, a solo exhibition at Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie (Amsterdam, NL).

For more info about the artist got to http://www.dingren.net/


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