The commonly used phrase "Mind the Gap" cautions pedestrians to avoid a hazard, to look down when crossing platforms, or entering a transit vehicle, or walking over gaps in pavement or construction. For many travelers, avoiding potential obstacles is an everyday occurrence but gaps below foot may represent many things: vulnerability, instability, an unknown ecosphere, or inaccessibility.
Through the lens of contemporary Chinese female artists, the Mind the Gap exhibition seeks to expose the universal and deeply hidden gaps existing in present and past memory, and in the realm of experience and imagination. These artists span several different generations, living in both the U.S. and China and their works explore the generational, geographical, and cultural gaps.
Due to historical and social reasons (or subliminal expectations) women and their ascribed roles connected to the home leave gaps, mainly, a fulfillment deficit. The past decades have witnessed a number of earth-shaking changes in China and the world. Within the rhythm of rapid change, women often feel the ruthlessness of the years and thus appreciate the improvement in living conditions. On the flip side to the process of urbanization and globalization, individuals seem to have no place or time to rest. The artists in Mind the Gap captured such emotions, occasions, concerns, and romance in a poetic and insightful manner. Covering topics on social roles, mobile identities, and diverse cultures in time and space, Mind the Gap asks the viewer to question where are we from, what is out there, and what gaps can we close?
Detail of Lin Yan's installation for Mind the Gap, 2019, The Delaware Contemporary. Photo courtesy of Fou Gallery.
November 16, 2019 - January 30, 2020
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801