Esther Schipper is pleased to present ‘The Mulberry Forest Becoming Ocean’, a group exhibition with works by Pak Sheung Chuen, IM Heung-soon, Tao Hui, Minjung Kim and Prabhavathi Meppayil and curated by Shi-ne Oh. Following the 2008 ‘CYLWXZ’ exhibition of Chinese artists, curated by Philip Tinari, this is the second curated exhibition at Esther Schipper focusing exclusively on Asian artists. The exhibition will include film, sculpture and work on paper.
The title, ‘The Mulberry Forest Becoming Ocean’, is based on a Chinese proverb invoking the constancy of change brought by time. All five artists included in the exhibition address the notion of time with distinct philosophical and artistic voices that, while informed by globalized discourse, have developed formal and conceptual vocabularies specific to their respective traditions. In addition, ‘The Mulberry Forest Becoming Ocean’ highlights the unique approaches to the continued effects of colonial experiences—political, philosophical, cultural, artistic and personal. Aside from addressing an expanded present with distinct temporalities, histories, and experiences of time existing simultaneously, the artists included in ‘The Mulberry Forest Becoming Ocean’ draw on philosophical traditions that consider time not strictly in linear terms, allowing for narratives of development, evolution, and recuperation of past.