Museum 2050 Founder Nicole Ching Curates An Art Show For AucArt, "Re:orient"
Launched in 2017, AucArt has been a leading platform for art lovers to discover a curated selection of works by over 200 rising international emerging artists. People can also buy their works directly from their studios, which allows collectors anywhere in the world to peruse, purchase and have the work delivered within a week.
Specially curated by Nicole Ching, founder of Museum 2050, this year's auction will go live on October 1. Ching's involvement in the auction is significant as her aim for Museum 2050 is similar with AucArt—which is to create a space for career development for young museum professionals in China, allowing them to build a platform where young academics can share insights on the rapidly developing cultural landscape.
"When [founder] Natasha first approached me about curating a sale for AucArt, I really jumped on it as I saw it as an opportunity to not only support and showcase young emerging artists. Many of whom are just coming out of their MA/MFA’s to only have their degree shows cancelled or replaced with meagre online offerings, and the auction is meant to create a community and a sense of coming together, at a time when it can seem like we are so distanced," says Ching.
Prices for the pieces exhibited on AucArt are available on the site but interested buyers will have the option to make an offer. For this year, a series of guest-curated sales that explore the inner workings of the minds of curators and creative influencers will be showcased. Titled as "Re:orient", the sale looks at the element of reorientation, which highlights the idea of self-reflection in the art world.
"Navigating one’s identity is a complex enough exercise..this sale explores what it means to come from somewhere. These young artists endeavour to transcend the confines of their prescribed identities to confront, broaden and defy expectations. They explore and expand on what it means to be part of the Chinese diaspora, as their chosen works reflect the possibility of art to serve as a repository and arbiter of understanding, while also demonstrating the process of cultural reconnection rather than a siloed imagining of selfhood," says Ching.
With that, the 13 artists are from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Changsha, Beijing, and Hangzhou yet find themselves in vastly different corners of the world from Los Angeles, New York, London or Tokyo—an important nuance to explore their identity and showcase it through their work. Some examples of artists include Yage Guo from Shanghai, whose work is influenced by Hong Kong Cinema, while Lau Wai from Hong Kong uses archival imagery to investigate the role of how history and personal memory play in identity formation.
As a curator for the sale, Ching also feels that the theme is close to her heart. "Having grown up in the cosmopolitan cornucopia that is Hong Kong, a city which served as a historic gateway between China and the West, I was fascinated early on by cultural relations between the two and how this informed one’s identity. I see now that this paradigm of 'East and West,' 'Us and the Other' is something that is so antiquated, and actually not a very healthy way at all to approach identity building."
"I see art as a way to reclaim that narrative, and the selection of artists reflects that. The notion of identity and selfhood is and should be expansive, and there is no better way to explore it than through the arts," she adds.
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AucArt Auction Re:orient will go live on October 1 at aucart.com