Bottega Veneta's "Facing Faces" exhibition runs through June 2013 and it is hosted at its Shanghai Yifeng Galleria store's gallery on the second floor, dedicated to arts and photography. "Facing Faces" comes after the great success of the inaugural exhibition, which looked at China’s "Damaged Heritage" through contemporary photography, and the second, which examined how common items intersect with our everyday lives around the concept of "Talking Objects".
The exhibition brings together work by several artists and photographers from around China and looks at the art of the portrait and its wider role in exploring human nature, how it affects our interaction with society and history, and touches on issues of identity, personality and ways of understanding. It includes work by internationally renowned painter Zhang Enli, whose unique visual angles show how art explores the human dimension; Ye Funa takes old family portrait photographs to explore identity and to break down the barriers between generations and genders; other notable work includes a series of minimalist porcelain pieces by Liu Jianhua, where facial features have been completely eradicated, requiring the viewer to use their own experience and imagination. The "Youth" series by Di Jinjun, which uses the laborious 19th century wet plate process to create an unexpected blend of classic beauty and modernity while Wei Bi focuses on the cultural heritage that sustains him and his fellow villagers in his "Dignified Portraits" series.
Woman In Qipao by Di Jinjun
My Mom's Family And Me by Ye Funa
Taoist Priest Wang by Wei Bi
Mosaic Face by Zhang Enli
Facial porcelain pieces by Liu Jianhua
On the exhibition, Bottega Veneta's creative director Tomas Maier stated:
"I’m delighted with this latest exhibition and hope our customers find it as enjoyable and challenging as the previous Yifeng Galleria shows." (...) "Bottega Veneta has a long history of engaging with artists and photographers in bold and innovative ways. Through this, we have surely connected with our customer, but engaging them with this non-profit space has been rewarding in a completely different way. The gallery space has been a new way to unite the underlying philosophies of the brand and the interests of our clients and we’re very pleased with the result."