Female art exhibition shows power of opportunity

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Metaphor and Gaze, an exhibition in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, shows installations, videos, paintings, performance and textile works by female artists. Through the perspective of the artists, it expresses women's concerns and hopes and explores the love, healing and growth common to all humans. [China Daily]

Her installation, Flow, weaves thin metal threads into translucent folded fabric that twists and hangs in midair.

"Many people, seeing this installation for the first time, will think it's made of cloth or silk, but it's in fact made of metal. I think it is just like women, who can be gentle, but also very strong on the inside. It is a representation of the saying 'an iron fist in a velvet glove'," Yuan says.

"Apart from three specially invited artists, we highlighted mostly artists born in the 1980s or 1990s. Most of them have learned art internationally, have a broad outlook, and excel at mixed-media art creations," says Xiao.

The exhibition also features a reading room section entitled Writing Her Power´╝ŹWomen's Situation and Writing, displaying books from 20 publishing houses on themes including female power, self-identity and relationships.

Zhu says that setting up a reading room has been a recurring feature at her previous exhibitions, because books have played a major role in her learning of gender theory.

Artist Wen Qiwen has been invited to create works of paper art entitled Go With the Flow for the reading room, with paper-made jellyfish hanging in the space. Wen believes the relationship between jellyfish and water is a metaphor for the one between humans and society.

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