Guangdong Times Museum Banyan Commune Issue.4_Artist Residency #1 INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE PRODUCE

Guangdong Times Museum Banyan Commune Issue.4_Artist Residency #1


Exhibition Date:2017.6.6 - 10.8

Residency Period:2017.5.29 - 6.24 

Venue:Banyan Commune, Ground Floor, Guangdong Times Museum

Hours(Free Admission): 10:00-22:00


Artist in Residence: Wapke Feenstra

Organiser: Guangdong Times Museum 

Lighting Sponsor:Hongri Lighting

Special Thanks:Times Property 

Discussions and Visions of a Utopian Neighbourhood

The Huangbian neighborhood, where the Times Museum is located, has been deeply impacted by urbanization and the global economy; it is a representative case of a southern Chinese town situated at the intersection of city and countryside. Diverse types of land have created different social classes and communities: primitive rural populations, the new middle class draw by real estate development, and migrant workers gathering around small manufacturing concerns. Temporary, scattered spaces and structures, a highly mobile population, the rapid pace of life, and the lack of a certain kind of public life have meant that individuals have become estranged from social groups, and that local residents have come to ignore the neighborhood’s natural, cultural, and historical inheritance. In the new round of urban planning, the layout of Huangbian is facing another set of changes, which will accelerate the loss of the neighborhood’s unique traits.

International artist initiative Myvillages has been invited to participate in Banyan Commune’s fourth installment, in order to develop their global neighbourhood project “International Village Produce.” This is the first time that a typical southern Chinese suburb will be incorporated into their global practice. One of the members of the group, Wapke Feenstra, will undertake a one-month residency in Huangbian. Through a retrospective exhibition, workshops, newly-commissioned works, and documentaries, we hope that the museum, with Huangbian Village will develop discussions and visions of a utopian neighbourhood.

This programme will last for four months, comprised of three stages. In the first stage, Myvillages will share three village practices: “Höfer Lace” (Germany), “Banki/Jars” (Russia), and “Beestachtige Schat/Wild Treasure” (The Netherlands), which correspond to three themes: the neighbourhood and social life, natural resources and materials, and the history of production and culture. These three practices will provide a framework for the second stage of the residency. Participatory experiences and organized group activities will bring residents from different communities together at social events. Workshops will be held so that residents can re-acquaint themselves with Huangbian’s natural and material resources. The residents will then collectively develop and produce a “product” that conveys the area’s history and culture. This newly-commissioned “product” and the documentary on the process of its fabrication will be shown in the Banyan Commune space during the third stage of the project.

WILD TREASURE, 2016 / Photographer: Wapke Feenstra

About the Artist

Myvillages is an artist group founded in 2003, by Kathrin Böhm (UK / DE), Wapke Feenstra (NL), and Antje Schiffers (DE). The work addresses the evolving relationship between the rural and the urban, looking at different forms of production, pre-conceptions and power relationships. Myvillages initiates and organizes international artistic projects which range from small-scale informal presentations to long-term collaborative research projects, from work in private spaces to public conferences, from exhibitions to publications and from personal questions to public debate.

Current and recent projects include Vorratskammer / Pantry at House of World Cultures in Berlin (2011), Good News from Nowhere at the Architecture Foundation London (2013), Lending Shape to Form (2015), A–Z Marzona Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Farmers and Ranchers (2012–2015) with M12, Colorado, US and the Fries Museum, NL and the International Village Show for the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (2014–2016).

Artist: Myvillages (Antje Schiffers, Wapke Feenstra, Kathrin B?hm)/Photographer: Daniel Niggemann

About Artist in Residence

Wapke Feenstra (b. 1959) is an artist based in Rotterdam. Her work explores the direct physical and mental environment by tapping into local knowledge. Feenstra is a founding member of myvillages.org.Selected Solo Exhibitions including:International Village Show, Museum for Contemporary Art (GFZK), Leipzig, Germany, 2016;Farmers & Ranchers, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden Netherland, 2014;  `Good News from Nowhere`, the Architecture Foundation, London UK, 2013.;Natural Exchange – International Village Shop, Bogorodskoe Gallery, Moscow RU,2015.She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, includingFoodscape, Arts Maebashi, Maebashi, Japan, 2016; Grow it Yourself,Parco Arte Vivente (PAV), Turino, IT,2015;Hungry City, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2012-2015. Feenstra is a winner of the Prix de Rome NL and with Myvillages awarded with the Create Art Award UK.

Artist in residence: Wapke Feenstra/Photographer: Julia Roessner

About Times Museum Banyan Commune

Guangdong Times Museum is located on the city’s shifting border, where hybrid forms of urbanism and complex demographics have profoundly shaped the archetypal suburban landscape of the Pearl River Delta region. Diverse communities grow in symbiosis with heterogeneous properties of land—such is the surrounding and context of the museum.

Banyan Commune is a unique phenomenon of community life and civil culture in southern China, a gathering place traditionally served as a community center for the neighborhood. The Banyan Commune as a community project space was initiated in 2016, which has witnessed the seasonal changes, day-and-night alternate of the surrounding neighborhood while serving as the window for connecting the museum to public.

The artist will act as a host of this temporary public space, using the Huangbian neighbourhood as research subject to foster continuous dialogue, understanding, and communication about the actual context of the museum. Reflecting on the role of the contemporary art museum in a residential community while constructing organic relations between the institution and the surrounding place, Banyan Commune intends to generate a trace for the ever-changing region of South China in the process of urbanization.