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LIGHT UP Therapy Resort

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Alumna Tiffany Fung '16 co-curated an exhibition entitled LIGHT UP Therapy as part of Power Station of Art's Emerging Curators Project in Shanghai.

LIGHT UP Therapy Resort "光源度假村", a winning exhibition of Power Station of Art's Emerging Curators Project 2017 is now open at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai till Mar 09, 2018!    

LIGHT UP Exhibit

LIGHT UP Exhibit

Therapeutic practices are often exercised as daily rituals, or as occasional experiments. They exist beyond organized settings and institutions as an integral part of urban living. Why, and in what ways, are we constantly seeking to “feel better”?
           
LIGHT UP Therapy Resort is a pseudo healing sanctuary situated in the city center of Shanghai. Assembling a group of contemporary artists, curators Tiffany Fung and Lu Siqiao design an immersive therapy program that models after the urbanite’s dream retreat. The exhibition responds to the diverse conditions of mental health in modern life to examine the complex sources of shared anxieties: some stem from social phenomena, others are rooted in deeply private, reflective processes. Meanwhile, a series of self-coping mechanisms present potential solutions. From reality TV shows to aquatic ecosystems, hypnosis and the worshipping of natural and supernatural phenomena, these approaches shed light to the popular use of alternative healing strategies as informed by current trends and personal experiences.

In witness of the standardization and commercialization of mental health services amidst a rising therapeutic culture, LIGHT UP Therapy Resort explores how artists engage with the human psyche, and how they reinterpret negative emotional responses as inspiration for creative measures. The exhibition calls for a renewed interest in the state of emotional well-being in a rapidly urbanizing China, as well as across diaspora Chinese communities.

LIGHT UP Exhibit

LIGHT UP Exhibit