It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of the current order of capitalism. – Fredric Jameson
ARTISTS: Badlands Unlimited, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Cai Guoqiang, Chen Tianzhuo, Chen Shaoxiong, Heman Chong+Marcus Yee, DeYi Studio, Double Fly Art Center, Christoph Draeger, Rainer Ganahl, Kevin B. Lee, Liao Guohe, Dieter Meier, Aernout Mik, Gianni Motti, Raqs Media Collective, Hito Steyerl, Javier Viver, Heidi Voet, Wang Sishun, Xu Zhen Produced by MadeIn, O Zhang, Zhao Yao
CURATORS: Wang Xin, Christoph Draeger, MABSOCIETY
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BANK presents The BANK Show, Vive le Capital an exhibition that explores, celebrates, and critiques the omnipresent power of global finance through its site-specific venue, the former Bank Union building in Shanghai’s historic Bund district (est. 1925). In the past, political ideology and religious conviction shaped the conduits of power, but as the world accelerates into the 21st century the fate of human sustenance is more and more dependent on the ebb and flow of capital. Over the past decade the divide between the haves and have nots, global south and north, has become wider while national identity and borders have become more tenuous. Through this exhibition we aim to flush out perspectives from artists and others that examine the momentous and intimate experiences with multi-national capitalism: its virtues and vices, catches and loopholes, what it renders visible or precarious along a discursive discourse from Marx to Piketty.
At the outset of the 20th century BANK’s home was at the epicenter of global commerce. Shanghai played host to banks from throughout Europe and the United States as an outpost for Asian manufacturing and trade. Shanghai’s Bund essentially incubated what we know today as modern market globalization. Taking BANK’s distinct location and historic context as a departure point The BANK Show considers creative practices as impressed in the world of global capital and finance, rather than reducing them to vapid gestures of political correctness or over-simplifying dichotomies of morality.
Openning:2015.03.29, 3pm – 5pm