january, 2019

19jan4:00 pmM Talks: River of Plastic: China and the Plastic Problem


Event Details

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼

When: 19 Jan 2019 – 4 pm

Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB


River of Plastic: Plastic as Reality and Metaphor uses plastic as both an art material and metaphor as it weaves together visual art, research, and public outreach practices. Focusing on the intersection of environmental issues, global economic systems and social constructs, the interdisciplinary piece investigates the creation, distribution, and effects of the plastic industry in China.

Monika Lin has collected plastic debris, such as movie posters, acrylic sheeting, Styrofoam insulation and Tyvek construction bags, from the streets of Shanghai to reform it into a large-scale sculptural river. She examines the sites from which the debris was collected for their historical and contemporary information as well as the materials themselves to situation a narrative of consumption and pollution. Combining this with research through the lens of global complicity, recognition of the forces/stake-holders that drive industry and the subsequent pollution/waste the River of Plastic becomes a metaphor for broader concerns than simply environmental implications.

Monika Lin was born in Manhattan NY, USA. She has been living in Shanghai since 2006. As an artist and writer, Lin has looked critically at intersections of race, gender, labor, ecosystems, and cultural constructs through metaphorical and narrative forms. She has an interdisciplinary practice that includes drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, animation, social art practice and public installations.

Lin holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BFA from Mills College in California. She has attended residencies in San Francisco, Jindezhen, Kerala, and Vermont.  Monika teaches visual art at NYU Shanghai and previously at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Kansas City Art Institute. She conducts lectures and workshops at the Power Station of Art, the Minsheng Museum, and the Rock Bund Museum in Shanghai and at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York.

Exhibitions include shows at Central Booking Gallery, NYC; the Power Station of Art, Art Labor Gallery, the Shanghai World Financial Center, OV Gallery, and the Shanghai Fine Art Museum in Shanghai; the San Francisco Performance Art Institute and Toomey Tourell Fine Art in San Francisco; the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taibei; Spreewald Museum in Germany; Odie & Cite in Paris; the Richmond Art Center in California; and the Asia Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. In May, 2018 she completed a site specific public art installation in Nanjing. 


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No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu)