Shellie Zhang with Maria Patricia Abuel
March 6 – April 20, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6
Abundance is a new project by Shellie Zhang featuring sculptural, photographic and installation-based works. The exhibition combines visual cues from imagery of plentiful fruit in produce advertisements and cultural rituals as a metaphor for the dreams and labour that extends across oceans and generations. Abundance is a cyclical reflection on two actions: The artist’s relatives bringing her pieces of cut fruit in her youth, and her leaving fruit offerings at their graves.
The project is accompanied by Bulaklak, a performance for the camera by Maria Patricia Abuel. Abuel enacts a ritual of preparing and devouring 100 mango flowers, a fruit which grounds her in familial and cultural histories. A personal meditation on matriarchal roles and sacrifices, the artist honours and reclaims the traditions she’s inherited.
For more information, visit artspace-arc.org/exhibition/abundance
Top Image: Shellie Zhang, 2019