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Tales of the Girl with the Blue Wig

“And what’s more horrifying than normalcy?”
Patti Smith1

Weirdness is present in our everyday life. No matter where we go, we find something weird, and there are days even when the weirdest part is glimpsing a bit of normality. The bus driver is weird, our boss is weird, our classmates are overly weird and they call us weird, too. The Chinese tourists are so weird, the Arabs dress weird, the Americans are weirdly big, and the Germans are weirdly precise. Everybody who is a little bit different from us is weird. We can call anybody weird who is not “normal” according to the norms of our own society, anybody other than the one who writes the narrative of that culture.

To be normal is to be what we are used to. To expect someone to behave normal in school is to expect everybody to behave alike. To have a normal job is to have a job similar to what other people have. To look normal is to look as ordinary as you can. Otherwise you will be judged. An outlier. Worthy of enhanced scrutiny. On the other hand, normalcy is something we use to cover up individual trait, a wet brush of gloss we glide over any peculiarity we see ourselves as having.

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"Tales of the Girl with the Blue Wig" at island6 Shanghai Main Space
“Tales of the Girl with the Blue Wig”
island6 main, Shanghai
DATES From June 1st to September 27th, 2017
ART DIRECTION Thomas Charvériat
ART RESEARCH Jin Yun 金云, Ryan Nimmo, Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师
COORDINATION Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁
VENUE island6 Main Space, 50 Moganshan Road, building #6, 2/F, Shanghai
ARTISTS island6 art collective (Liu Dao 六岛)

She stands, dances and plays everywhere, but all along she is just an observer. In this exhibition, the weird girl is the observer who serves as a contrast to the normal world, yet at the same time, she is observed and we are the voyeurs. We don’t know the Girl with the Blue Wig and the stories about her are contradicting. She is the anonymous, she is the unknown that’s always present. Yet, if we read all the stories about her and see all the places she went to, we will see she comes from a world where her existence is justified, that is the art of the Liu Dao Collective. And when we enter this exhibition, we enter her world where we are the weird ones. (read more >>>)

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