Breaching Sanctum

  • Serene Green, KO Sin Tung, 2018
  • Sunset Capsule, Leelee CHAN, 2019
  • Object, ZHANG Ruyi, 2013
  • The Folding Façade, ZHANG Ruyi, 2018
  • Only Now, ZHANG Ruyi, 2017-2018
  • Barnacles, Leelee CHAN, 2019
  • From dark to light, KO Sin Tung, 2019
  • cut|off, ZHANG Ruyi, 2014
  • Absent Store, KO Sin Tung, 2016

Breaching Sanctum delves into the work of a generation of Chinese female artists, designers, and architects  born in the 1980s – on the cusp of the 1990s – a decade that continues to impact international Chinese  contemporary culture. Coupled with the influence of that era are current developments, innovations, and  pressures connected to urbanism, sustainability, the built environment, and technology as well as their own  subjectivity and millennial perspectives in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century. Entering an active  dialogue between invited participants and audiences, Breaching Sanctum attempts to continue to open up,  unfold, and break down barriers that have often been in the path of female practitioners’ research and  achievements. The project encompasses an exhibition focusing on newly commissioned art and design works,  along with a series of public programmes, a reading area, and publication.

Breaching Sanctum delves into the work of a generation of Chinese female artists, designers, and architects  born in the 1980s – on the cusp of the 1990s – a decade that continues to impact international Chinese  contemporary culture. Coupled with the influence of that era are current developments, innovations, and  pressures connected to urbanism, sustainability, the built environment, and technology as well as their own  subjectivity and millennial perspectives in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century. Entering an active  dialogue between invited participants and audiences, Breaching Sanctum attempts to continue to open up,  unfold, and break down barriers that have often been in the path of female practitioners’ research and  achievements. The project encompasses an exhibition focusing on newly commissioned art and design works,  along with a series of public programmes, a reading area, and publication.

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2020
Grantee: Ingrid Pui Yee Chu

Ingrid Pui Yee Chu, a Hong Kong born Chinese and Canadian contemporary art curator and writer with an MA  in Curatorial Studies, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2003, has  experience at leading museums and non-profit organisations including Asia Art Archive; M+; and Tai Kwun  Contemporary, Hong Kong, as well as Creative Time, New York; The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City; The  Power Plant, Toronto; and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern  Art, San Francisco. Chu founded RED-I Projects, an independent curatorial initiative in 2004, and co-founded  Forever & Today, a non-profit curatorial platform with Co-Director and Curator Savannah Gorton in New York in  2008. Her writing has been featured in Afterall, Artforum.com, Artforum 艺术论坛, frieze, frieze masters,  Kaleidoscope, Kaleidoscope Asia, LEAP, Mousse Magazine, Ocula, Performa Magazine, TimeOut New York, and  Yishu among other international contemporary art and culture publications. 

 

Savannah Gorton, an American curator, received her MA in Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art,  London, 2004, in partnership with Tate Modern. Gorton gained experience at SITE Santa Fe Biennial,  Whitechapel Gallery, Creative Time, and Design Trust for Public Space, and worked at The Kitchen, Printed  Matter’s New York Art Book Fair (NYABF), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Gorton is Co Director and Curator of Forever & Today (F&T), a non-profit platform and exhibition space in New York’s  Chinatown/Lower East Side co-founded with Ingrid Pui Yee Chu in 2008. F&T has also collaborated with  Goethe-Institut New York; International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP); Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA); Performa Biennial; Printed Matter, Inc.; Participant  Inc.; Swiss Institute, New York. Since 2014, Gorton is also Co-Founder and Curator of the non-profit Friends  with Books, Art Book Fair Berlin at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. In 2018, F&T  became a nomadic curatorial office based between Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and New York.

Organisation: Forever & Today