Walsh Gallery

Mo Yi: My Neighborhood


Dates: Jun 1 2007 - Jul 14 2007

Opening Reception: Jun 1 2007

My Neighborhood is the American debut of Mo Yi's work. Through several hundred photos, large-scale light boxes and video, this exhibit explores the heart and soul of a Chinese urban community. The opening reception will be on Friday June 1st from 5-8 pm. Wu Hung, guest curator, will be present.

Mo Yi grew up in Tibet and was recruited to be a professional soccer player. He did this for several years while experimenting with photography in his free time. Later, he asked to be transferred anywhere that a photographer was needed; his next job was in a children's hospital. Mo Yi became fascinated with capturing the biaoqing , or zeitgeist, in China's urban centers. His experiments included tying a camera to his back while taking a photo every five steps. As Mo Yi said, "I wanted to see what people in their city look like when they were not chosen by my eyes." Objects, places and people seem to hold equal importance to Mo Yi in defining the heart and soul of a community.

In My Neighborhood, Mo Yi presents series of photographs exploring contemporary urban life by depicting security-barred windows and colorful blankets airing in the courtyards of apartment buildings. This exhibit also includes documentation of Mo Yi's past performances including Memory of 1989 , in which the artist shaved off his eyebrows and hair inside Tiananmen square, firmly placing himself in time and place in Chinese history.

Mo Yi's work was exhibited at the Guangzhou Triennial at the Guangdong Art Museum (2002). He was included in the traveling exhibition "Between Past and Future - New Photography and Video from China," curated by Wu Hung and Christopher Phillips and hosted by the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the

Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the House of World Cultures (Berlin), the ICP and Asia Society (New York). In addition, his work has been collected by the Tate Modern (London), the Guangdong Art Museum, the Houston Art Museum (Texas) and ZEIT-FOTO SALON (Tokyo).

Exhibition catalog available.

Contact gallery at 312.829.3312.