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Lee Mingwei, The Mending Project, 2009/2014, tables, chairs, thread, fabric. Interactive installation.

Lee Mingwei

Mori Art Museum

Lee Mingwei, The Mending Project, 2009/2014, tables, chairs, thread, fabric. Interactive installation.

Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation—Seeing, Conversing, Gift-Giving, Writing, Dining and Getting Connected to the World”: the ambitious but unwieldy title of this retrospective exhibition spanning twenty years is deliberately multivalent. It extends standard readings of relational aesthetics from a practice based, in part, in Asian philosophies and art, proposing a broad conception of relations embracing family along with artistic companions, and often inviting perfect strangers to participate in intimate social activities—sleeping, dining, mending clothes. Rather than interrogating social structures or interrupting authority, as much European relational art does, Lee gently convenes conversations or confluences of actions that reaffirm connectedness between people, revealing the enriching possibilities of interactions undertaken with generosity and

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