Held at the Yifeng Galleroa store on The Bund, the exhibition is currently running and will do so through March – the latest in a series of thematic exhibitions that unites Bottega Veneta’s commitment to encouraging the next generation of artists, supporting cultural innovation, and offering a one-of-the-kind retail experience above and beyond the usual luxury environment.
“Solo Exhibition by BIRDHEAD” by artist duo, Song Tao and Ji Weiyu follows what has been a string of successful exhibitions: from the inaugural show examining China’s “Damaged Heritage”, the second looking into common “Talking Objects” in everyday life, the third exhibition, “Facing Faces”, which delved into the art of the portrait and the fourth exploring humanity within nature’s “Critical Landscapes”.
Song Tao and Ji Weiyu are natives of Shanghai and their photographs have won them critical attention around the world — participating in a 2012 group show at MoMA, New York, as well as the 2012 Shanghai Biennale and the 2011 Venice Biennale. BIRDHEAD’s work captures the ephemeral fragments of everyday life and presents a version of urban reality — of aimless youth, party-goers, demolished buildings, faded advertisements, street scenes — that stands in contrast to the glamorous image of Shanghai. The deep tension in their photography contrasts underlying reality with the kaleidoscopic diversity of life while exploring the relationship between the material and the spiritual. The duo’s most recent work examines the artisanal aspects of their craft, particularly in relation to the use of frames.
“This is a thought-provoking exhibition that not only shows the power and appeal of photography, but also subtly examines the role of craftsmanship in relation to their work,” says Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director. “We’re very pleased with how this exhibition space has allowed us to give back to the community while simultaneously engaging customers in a novel way and I’m hopeful this latest show will be as well received as the previous exhibitions.”
“At Bottega Veneta, we are devoted to quality craftsmanship and the pursuit of perfection, however beyond that we recognize that encouraging creativity and the arts is something that is important not just to us but to our clients as well,” says Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Bottega Veneta. “Of course, as a company, Bottega Veneta invests a lot in our artisans, so we feel there is a natural, coherent connection between our primary focus and our support for shows such as this, which we could not be more pleased to continue to engage our loyal customers and visitors with.”