Featuring ALEXANDMUSHI, Daniela Baldelli & Émile Noteris, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Takming Chuang, Yosh Han, Summer Mei-Ling Lee, Lan Liu, Little Warsaw, Patricia Reinhart, Gabriele Stötzer, Wong Kit Yi, and Shadi Yousefian
re. riddle announces The Body Electric, a group exhibition that interprets the task of remembrance by spotlighting the corporeality of memory. The exhibition aims to examine the ways in which the human body functions as vessels for memory—and specifically, how memory impacts the flesh. The exhibition is on view from April 17 - May 19, 2019, and is free and open to the public with an opening reception on April 17th from 6-8 pm. The opening reception will feature a 30-minute chair conversation with artists ALEXANDMUSHI, who will use nonverbal language to communicate and learn about each other’s histories along with a poetry reading from author JiaJing Liu.
The Body Electric examines the potency of memory embodied in gestures and habits in relation to 'indirect' modes of memory via inscribing, recording, or documenting. Corporeal memory may be characterized as being an embodied memory and/or an embodied remembering. Embodied remembering situates memory as being intrinsic to the body because it re-enacts the past, it need not represent it. As such, the exhibition will consider motion, action, activity, and gesture of memory as it pertains to the flesh and surface of the body. Artists ALEXANDMUSHI, Daniela Baldelli & Émile Noteris, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Takming Chuang, Yosh Han, Summer Mei-Ling Lee, Lan Liu, Little Warsaw, Patricia Reinhart, Gabriele Stötzer, Wong Kit Yi, and Shadi Yousefian will present their various approaches and perspectives, ranging from the mid-20th century to contemporary views, on how memory impacts the flesh.
The Body Electric is an exhibition curated by re. riddle developed in collaboration with 41 Ross Alley and The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco for their series Present Tense 2019: Task of Remembrance, which brings together projects that reflect on the complexities, gravity, and responsibility of remembering.
With rising global xenophobia, the impact of regressive policies on the lives of migrants and refugees, and the retrenchment of systematic violence and racism, Task of Remembrance will explore the ways artists and their communities continue to build and engage with memory, struggles for freedom, and the weight of history. The exhibition theme is inspired by the 30th anniversary of the global, cultural, and political upheavals of 1989—a year that saw hope at the fall of the Berlin Wall, traumas of protests in Tiananmen Square, and the resilience of Chinatown after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Present Tense is a series that fosters dialogue and provides a survey on current issues.