Imagined Communities

Curated by : Beining Liang, Hingis Szewah Ng, Jing Wu

13 – 14 May 2019



“It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their follow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.”

-Benedict Anderson


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Mutual thoughts form a society. According to McMllian and Chavis, there are four elements of ‘sense of community’: membership, influence, integration and fulfilment of needs, and shared emotional connection. From the point of view of the shared emotional and ideological connection between communities, the same values and identities recognition creates a bonding between one and other. In this sense, created the strongest cohesion among communities.

The show named ‘Imagined Communities’ integrated the idea from McMillian and Chavis which provides an opportunity to examine 17 artworks with a shared approach on expressing fundamental issues such as self-realization, human consciousness and identity through Photography, Paintings and Moving Image. From the mixed media of artworks we have selected, it formed a metaphor of the diversity within the community.

Jean-Luc Nancy stated that even we are in the same community, our own individual characteristic remains and the peculiarity from each of us makes the group resilient. Co-designed and co-created by 6 artists: Sizuo Chen, Went Ian, Linlu Zhang, Sicheng Wang, Zhuanxu Xu and Keno Tung & Yiding Zhang. Each of the artists talked about different aspects from the groups but at the same time forms a general theme that elevates the feature of the community. By exhibiting their works, it creates a platform for the audience to discuss and develop the possibilities of innovative and sustainable solutions.


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