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Emily Allchurch: ‘Mirrored Cities’
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Fri 23 Oct 2020 - Sat 28 Nov 2020  Import to my calendar
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​Karin Weber Gallery is excited to announce British artist Emily Allchurch’s second solo show in Hong Kong. Two years in the making, ’Mirrored Cities’ draws parallels between the ancient trading port of Venice, Italy with its historical and contemporary counterpart locations such as Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Fenhuang in mainland China, the beginning and end points of the ancient Silk Road. In this new series, Allchurch engages with topics such as globalization, mass tourism and trade, searching for synergies and similarities — rather than contrasts and differences — between historically ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ locations.

Allchurch remains true to her signature digital photo collage style, drawing inspiration from Old Master paintings, for this series Venetian Renaissance works by Gentile Bellini (1429-1507) and his scholar Vittorio Carpaccio (c.1460-1526), as well as Chinese court paintings by Song dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145). Allchurch also references literary sources, specifically Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities' (1972), a series of fictitious conversations between Marco Polo and the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.

Photo: Mirrored Cities I, Emily Allchurch, transparency on bespoke LED lightbox, 120 x 93 x 5cm, edition of 15 + 2APs, 2019

Karin Weber Gallery is excited to announce British artist Emily Allchurch’s second solo show in Hong Kong. Two years in the making, ’Mirrored Cities’ draws parallels between the ancient trading port of Venice, Italy with its historical and contemporary counterpart locations such as Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Fenhuang in mainland China, the beginning and end points of the ancient Silk Road. In this new series, Allchurch engages with topics such as globalization, mass tourism and trade, searching for synergies and similarities — rather than contrasts and differences — between historically ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ locations.

Photo: Along The Road (after Zhang Zeduan), Emily Allchurch, transparency on bespoke LED lightbox, 50 x 200 x 5cm, edition of 15 + 2APs, 2020

Allchurch remains true to her signature digital photo collage style, drawing inspiration from Old Master paintings, for this series Venetian Renaissance works by Gentile Bellini (1429-1507) and his scholar Vittorio Carpaccio (c.1460-1526), as well as Chinese court paintings by Song dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145). Allchurch also references literary sources, specifically Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities' (1972), a series of fictitious conversations between Marco Polo and the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. on my trips. My thoughts have often turned to the people I photographed last year, in cities so far away, and how much their circumstances must have changed in the subsequent year.”

 


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