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Musquiqui Chihying, The Jog, 2014, two-channel HD video, color, silent, 1 minute. From “Meditations in an Emergency.”

Musquiqui Chihying, The Jog, 2014, two-channel HD video, color, silent, 1 minute. From “Meditations in an Emergency.”

“Meditations in an Emergency”

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art | UCCA尤伦斯当代艺术中心

In devising countermeasures to some crises, we ignore others. During the global outbreak of Covid-19, the need to quarantine and to social-distance has become a consensus view. Giorgio Agamben’s much-criticized arguments have touched on this point: The novel coronavirus has normalized the state of exception, resulting in the sacrifice of freedoms previously taken for granted and throwing humanity into a long-term state of fear and uncertainty. Post-lockdown, can we forge new kinds of social relationships?

Contemporary art institutions are responsible for engaging in cultural reflection, yet in China, the epicenter of the global outbreak, such reflection is often in conflict with official and populist positions. Here, in a museum whose regular activities had suddenly been suspended, a few young curators worked collaboratively and on short notice to create a holistic, encyclopedic program

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