Curated by Minzi Li, A Passing Scene features works by artists who examine the experiences of parting, and the ritualistic act of memorializing what is no longer present. These
Curated by Minzi Li, A Passing Scene features works by artists who examine the experiences of parting, and the ritualistic act of memorializing what is no longer present. These photographs, installations, films and archives act as a monument to the inevitability of ephemerality, to the lingering presence of all that has disappeared. Each artist in the show draws inspiration from family stories and offers a slice of their own cultural heritage; together, their artworks recreate diverse scenes of immigration, dislocation, atomic warfare, and the Holocaust. The works especially highlight how different geopolitical contexts have shaped these artists’ lives-and how history has left its trail on each of them.
A Passing Scene does not merely offer opportunities for visual spectatorship but, under the power and intimacy of both the artists’ and viewers’ experiences, it invites one to talk about these precarious experiences in a public space. The theater-like design of AREA 405 enhances the artist-led tours and other programs offered during the exhibition, allowing participants to immerse themselves in reconstructions and deconstructions of events and sites that have ceased to exist.
A Passing Scene opens at AREA 405 on April 14th with a public reception and “Behind-the-Scenes” tours from 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m., and remains on view through May 31st. The final “Trails Left Behind” event and closing reception will take place on May 31th from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m..
About the Curator
Originally from China, Minzi Li is currently an emerging curator and MFA candidate in Curatorial Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art. She has co-curated Legame, a workshop exhibition at the Venice Biennale, as well as the Baltimore-located group shows Land Trust, Everything Must Go and Dark Passenger. As the president of GradEx, she has organized and co-curated the off-campus group shows Mirror and Expression, and several student solo exhibitions. Having graduated with a CIDA-accredited degree in Interior Design, she uses her current research to focus on the rhythm, circulation, and lighting environment of exhibitions.
About MICA’s Curatorial Practice Program
MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice prepares students to determine how curators will shape the cultural life of our global society. Students work in a variety of experimental contexts and formats, proposing alternative models of exhibition-making, institution-building, and social justice through art. Designed to forge connections among artists, institutions, and communities, the program fosters contemporary art and culture in collaboration with diverse audiences, and links local issues to international discourse.
About the Venue
Located in a 170 year-old artist-owned warehouse within Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, AREA 405 is committed to showcasing and strengthening the vitality of the arts community throughout Baltimore and beyond.
A Passing Scene has been generously supported by MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice, AREA 405, MICA Film Center and Station North Tool Library.
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