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May 17 - July 6, 2019

Jennifer Wen Ma

CRY JOY PARK: GARDENS OF DARK AND LIGHT

May 17 - July 6, 2019

Jennifer Wen Ma

CRY JOY PARK: GARDENS OF DARK AND LIGHT

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to present a solo exhibition by Jennifer Wen Ma, titled Cry Joy Park: Gardens of Dark and Light.

The Halsey Institute has commissioned artist Jennifer Wen Ma to create new work. The exhibition, titled Cry Joy Park: Gardens of Dark and Light will be a multimedia installation, utilizing immersive cut paper sculptures, paintings on glass, video projections, sound elements, and interactive moving components. Her installation will probe the duality of utopias and dystopias, illustrating the Rashomon effect, showing how something—in this case a society—can be interpreted differently by those who interact with it. Her inspiration came during her work on the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: she witnessed scores of migrant workers who were brought in to build the stadiums, and improve the city. But for the opening ceremonies, they were removed from the city, leaving only those who were rich enough to attend.

The installation will feature two separate gardens: a Dark one and a Light one, both representing a yin/yang balance between utopias and dystopias. Her exhibition will also feature collaborations with the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston, which will take the form of interdisciplinary performances by students in the visual arts, theatre, dance, music, creative writing, and more. Ma is also planning a series of community dinners that will serve as platforms to discuss specific issues facing Charleston, such as social justice and gentrification.

Jennifer Wen Ma

CRY JOY PARK: GARDENS OF DARK AND LIGHT

May 17 - July 6, 2019
About the artist

Jennifer Wen Ma (b. 1973, Beijing) moved to the United States in 1986 and graduated with an MFA in 1999 from the Pratt Institute. Her practice draws together elements and cultural references in sensitive and unexpected ways, bridging such diverse media as installation, drawing, video, public art, design, performance, and theater. Trained as an oil painter, Ma was one of seven members of the core creative team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and received an Emmy Award for their broadcast. Since then, she has increasingly delved into the material and philosophical qualities of the Chinese ink tradition.

Her work has been shown around the world, including the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Her opera Paradise Interrupted was performed at Spoleto Festival USA in 2015, among other locations around the globe.

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