After its longest closure to date, the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA) held its first exhibition of the year, Reflections in A Hurry, in late May.
The scale of the exhibition is 26 artists, 6 curators and 5 chapters. These artists, both Chinese and foreign, included international luminaries like Pierre Huyghe and Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as Chinese contemporary artists like Yang Fudong, Wang Bing and Zhang Peili. They are joined by a younger, more radical new generation of global artists.
The curatorial work was carried out by the six curatorial members of the Arts Centre. The five chapters are: daily life in the eye of storm, vital signs, surpassing animality, migration and out of focus. It is not difficult to read the curator's discourse under each title, because those topics are already hot topics in the art world. Even more familiar is the vocabulary used to frame these arguments.
The concepts of life politics, post-human, geography and paradigm have been included in the "curatorial jargon". In "meditation", a "propositional composition", it is difficult to read the planners' clarification, redefinition and questioning of the quoted concepts, but rather their ambiguous manipulation of obscure philosophical language and metaphysical efforts to connect disparate works of art.