HAND­BAGS MIRROR SO­CIAL CHANGE

Zhang Kun

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - Con­tact the writer at zhangkun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

artists’ works are fea­tured on the left.

It was Chi­nese cu­ra­tor Penny Liu who has put to­gether the con­tem­po­rary bags dis­play for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The word “bag­ism” — the name of the ex­hi­bi­tion — was coined by pop leg­end John Len­non and his wife Yoko Ono as part of their ex­ten­sive peace cam­paign in the late 1960s.

The celebrity cou­ple had then wrapped them­selves in a white sheet, with the word “bag­ism” writ­ten on it.

With their clothes and all other things re­moved, the cou­ple called on peo­ple to take each other’s ideas more se­ri­ously, so as to achieve “to­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion”, says Liu.

Liu adds that by choos­ing the word as the name for the ex­hi­bi­tion, she wanted to ad­dress the so­cial and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of bags.

Among the con­tem­po­rary artists fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion are Zhang Enli and Xu Zhen, as well as young tal­ents such as Pixie Liao and Peng Wei.

The artists have worked through var­i­ous me­dia and styles, pro­ject­ing the hand­bag as a ves­sel for de­sire, a metaphor for the hu­man ex­is­tence, as well as pro­jec­tion of val­ues and ideas.

Speak­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion, Adrian Cheng, the founder of the K11 Art Mall, says: “It will lead the trend for cross­over shows of fash­ion and art.

“We hope that through this ex­hi­bi­tion, peo­ple will get in­spired to know more and talk more about the con­cept of art, the his­tory of fash­ion de­sign­ing, and see the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two, and how it in­spires Chi­nese con­tem­po­rary artists and so­ci­ety.”

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Mod­els wear creations by Yang Lu, who has been in­vited to New York Fash­ion Week to show­case his 2017 spring/sum­mer col­lec­tion on Sept 12.

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