Replace with Fine Art | FOTOFOCUS 2018

September 28th - November 2, 2018

Artists include:
Chen Wei, Liu Bolin, Chen Qiulin, Jen Liu and Ren Hang.

Replace with Fine Artis a show of contemporary Chinese and Chinese American artists named after the quote “Replace Religion with Fine Art” from 1917 by Cai Yuanpei, a Chinese philosopher and historian. Associate Professor of Studio Arts Emily Hanako Momohara has curated works from Chen Wei, Liu Bolin, Chen Qiulin, Jen Liu and Ren Hang which comment on their contemporary lives, heritage and China’s modernization.Each has received international acclaim, yet is rarely shown in the US.

The Artists in this exhibition critically analyze love of country and individuality. “Replace Religion with Fine Art” as an idea declared that aesthetics and art practice were equal in importance to religion and morality. Then in 1966, the Cultural Revolution would challenge the value of the arts with Mao’s The Little Red Bookstating, “There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake,” claiming that art was propaganda thus banning any non-state sanctioned artworks. Fast-forward 30 years—China became a powerhouse of lens-based Fine Arts with the purpose of entering the global art market and giving voice to young artists. Its economic and social modernization was swift and powerful. Today, a view of China mediated by Chinese artists and diaspora has emerged, giving us insight to their formerly veiled society.

Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2018 exhibition was provided by FotoFocus.

FotoFocus Biennial 2018 spans over 80 museums, galleries, and universities across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; and features over 250 artists, curators, and educators. Each Biennial is structured around a unifying theme; for 2018 that theme is Open Archive.

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm