To celebrate the opening of the Hayward Gallery’s Art of Change: New Directions from China exhibition (7 September – 9 December 2012), a model dressed in a creation by London-based Chinese fashion designer Momo Wang takes part in Yingmei Duan’s performance artwork, Patience (2004/2012).
Art of Change presents some of the most interesting art to come out of mainland China over the past three decades. The first major exhibition in the UK to focus on contemporary installation and performance art from China, it brings together works by nine of the country’s most innovative artists and artist groups from the 1990s to today – Chen Zhen, Yingmei Duan, Gu Dexin, MadeIn Company, Liang Shaoji, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Wang Jianwei and Xu Zhen. Comprising over 40 works, the exhibition shows significant early examples of the artists’ work, alongside recent pieces and new commissions; with a focus on change and ephemerality.
Momo Wang, originally from Jinzhou, China, graduated from Central St Martins last year, and was awarded joint second place in the L’Oréal Professionel Young Talent Award for the best student collection of the year. Her graduation collection featured folky hand-crafted peasant costumes in a variety of bold colours and textures. She has recently sold some of her textile designs to H&M, after receiving sponsorship from TexPrint to show her work at Premiere Vision.