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Ten Fingers Connected to the Heart


Opening: 6pm-9pm, 19th Jan 2024 Duration: 12pm-6pm, 20th-22nd Jan 2024 Location: Mandy Zhang Art, 22 Seymour Place, London W1H 7NJ
Ten Fingers Connected to the Heart

OVERVIEW


Ten Fingers Connected to the Heart is a multi-media group exhibition which explores the complexity of intimacy where love and conflict are tightly interwoven. Intimate relationships can be warm, caring, and gentle, but at the same time, they can be firmly attached, even brutally. What makes you feel you care for your close friend or family member? Isn't it justifying violence under the name of love? Focusing on the intricateness and contradiction of intimacy, this exhibition illustrates the liminal moments that can happen in intimate relationships, which can be easily found in East Asia's hierarchical domestic cultures.

Ten Fingers Connected to the Heart is a multi-media group exhibition which explores the complexity of intimacy where love and conflict are tightly interwoven. Intimate relationships can be warm, caring, and gentle, but at the same time, they can be firmly attached, even brutally. What makes you feel you care for your close friend or family member? Isn't it justifying violence under the name of love? Focusing on the intricateness and contradiction of intimacy, this exhibition illustrates the liminal moments that can happen in intimate relationships, which can be easily found in East Asia's hierarchical domestic cultures. The four artists who have East Asia backgrounds convey the intricateness and contradiction of intimacy, reaching a deeper reflection on the social structure and the mechanism of interpersonal interaction. The title, 'Ten fingers connected to the heart' is a Chinese idiom that means that the pain felt at the fingertips is bound to reach the deepest heart than any other pain. This alludes to the intertwined sense of love and pain, intensely conveyed to the heart as an instantaneous tingle from fingertips. Soo Hyun Lee delves into the intricate interplay between individuals and societal values, exploring elusive concepts like eternity, hope, shame, and caring, exploring how individuals differently form and build a relationship to these values. Dengqian Xu employs a humorous approach to articulate his inner emotions, prominently incorporating elements of violence in explosive and provocative performances that challenge the absurdities inherent in the world. Yishan Zhong’s themes revolve around gender, family, intimacy, and power dynamics, intricately blurring the boundaries between unease and comfort, control and loss of control, centering close-up on the disturbances and dynamics in between. Xiya Wang, primarily focused on photography and moving images, delves into Asian cultural memory, and individual narratives, to explore identity, diaspora and context of “home”. Her work also pursues shelter through everyday objects, working on visualising the dialogue with objects.