Artist Ming Lu Examines Society’s Expectations of Femininity
from: 05.12.2018 to: 08.12.2018
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Press Release: Solo exhibition, Chinese artist based in London, Video performance
Ming Lu: Pussy
London-based Multidisciplinary Artist Ming Lu Examines Society’s Expectations of Femininity in Solo Exhibition at SomoS Berlin
WHAT:: Exhibition of Multi-media installation by Ming Lu
WHEN: December 5th-8th, 2018, 2-7pm, and by appointment
Opening Reception: December 4th 2018, 6-9pm
WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin (U8 – Schönleinstraße)[BERLIN—November 7, 2018]
SomoS is proud to present the solo exhibition Pussy by multidisciplinary artist Ming Lu (UK/China). Presented are works she produced during her Berlin sojourn as SomoS Artist-in-Residence Fall 2018.
In Pussy, Lu employs a wide array of techniques, using installation, 3D printed sculpture, ceramics, video-performance, and painting, as part of a conceptual approach that addresses the trappings of female gender identity and fertility.
Ming Lu states in a recent interview with Aesthetica Magazine, “I place myself in my work as a character, and move through the conversations I set up between Eastern and Western aesthetics. Earlier series and my recent work are all connected to my experience and identity, as a woman, and a Chinese artist living in the UK.”
A metaphorical and farcical use of everyday objects to speak of important issues is a typical technique of the artist, her work often veering between abstraction and literalness; between the familiar and the uncanny; between absurdity and gravity. Pussy invites the visitor to explore a domestic environment, in which household items such as cosmetics (lipstick and facial masks), lingerie, hair extensions, furniture, and food are transformed into anthropomorphic playful representations of the female body and the female experience.
Ming Lu is interested in the breaking-up of forms, functions and concepts, and their transformation into something new. By placing pervasive pop-cultural symbols of femininity, fertility, domesticity, beauty and elegance in new poetic and surreal narratives and settings, she separates objects from their everyday context, as Lu puts it, “modifying objects as bodies, or vice versa,” conducting a conceptual and aesthetic play between object and objectification.
About Ming Lu
Ming Lu obtained an MA Photography from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2018; and a BA Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London in 2016. Group exhibitions she took part in include Acropolis, VR Days Europe, Amsterdam, 2017; Acropolis, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Offprint, Tate Modern, London, 2017; WIP – Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; 90 degrees, London College of Communication, London, 2016; Night Visions, Museum of London, 2018. Ming Lu also took part in the Start Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2018; and The Other Art Fair, Bristol, 2018.
SomoS’ mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, exhibitions, education and creative cooperation. Selected by Artslant Magazine as one of Berlin’s most interesting art project organizations, SomoS Art House provides space and resources for the production, presentation, and reflection of the arts. SomoS’ Artist-in-Residency program and ambitious exhibitions and event schedule allows for unique opportunities with artists, organizers, and curators to realize an array of artistic endeavors.
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