Talks From a Room of One's Own to a Garden for the Public

"If our relationship is a relationship with the real world, not just with men and women, then the opportunity will come." A garden for everyone is a recollection of Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own". Using ethnographic methods, Woolf wrote down the general life of the silk, reminding women to withdraw from the relationship between the two sexes, and to participate in social life as both participants and researchers.

The garden, the mirror of the Garden of Eden, the nature, the taboos, the entanglement of power; the garden, the modern society through the modification of the natural forgetting of the invention. When the garden was given negative attributes by the artist Shen Yuan, “her” became a life outside the life of a woman, a place of revelation. (Current language)

Currently, “She: Nikki St. Farr and Shen Yuan” has been opened to the public. Next Tuesday (August 21), an opening ceremony called "From a person's room to the garden of everyone" will be held at the power plant. The physical and social space is the content of the common concern of St. Farre and Shen Yuan, and also the source of inspiration for their creation. In order to allow the audience to in-depth visit to the "garden" they jointly built, the talk will invite the artist Ms. Shen Yuan and Nikki St. Farre's granddaughter, Nikki Charity Art Foundation trustee Bloom Calderas, to share two The works of different stages of the artist and the special experiences that influenced their creation.


About the Speakers

Shen Yuan

Born in Xianyou, Fujian in 1959, he was one of the first Chinese contemporary female artists to gain international fame. In the early 1980s, Shen Yuan studied at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art), and gradually developed experimental art under the guidance of the trend. In the early 1990s, she moved to France, and environmental changes and cultural disruptions inspired her thinking about identity and language issues. Shen Yuan is good at using everyday objects for device creation, preferring those that are fleeting and difficult to use. She believes that "giving things new value is exactly the responsibility of the artist." The repetitive materials of weaving, embroidery, hair, shoes, etc. in their works reflect both the simple female experience and the complex female discourse. In recent years, Shen Yuan's creations have been more directly related to the observations of the four travels, reflecting her keen capture of the rapidly changing world.

Bloum Cardenas

Born in Bali in 1971, he spent his childhood and student life mainly in Paris. Between 1985 and 1990, she worked at the archives of her grandmother Nikki St. Farr (an important database of St. Farre's art). He began studying illustrations in 1991, then studied art at the Parsons School of Design in New York and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996. Since 2002, Calderas has been the trustee of the Nikki Charity Art Foundation (NCAF), founded by Nikki St. Farr and launched after her death. During her time at NCAF, she was responsible for approving the Foundation's derivatives, exhibitions and publications. After leaving NCAF, she served as chairman of the famous sculpture park Tarot Garden in St. Farre. In recent years, Calderas has focused on curating and working to promote Nikki St. Farr's legacy in the United States.


Event Information

From a Room of One's Own to a Garden for the Public

Time: 14:30-16:00, Aug. 21, 2018

Location: 3F Theater, PSA

Speakers: Shen Yuan (artist), Bloom Calderas (trustee of the Nikki Charity Art Foundation)

How to Register: The event is free. Please make an appointment to PSA's official WeChat subscription number “chimney PSA”. Please make a reservation before the successful audience event to check the reservation ticket at the entrance of the theater.

How to Pick-up Ticket: After the appointment is successful, you will be redirected to the “Scheduled Appointment” page. You can also view the reservation voucher in the “Ticket Information” – “My Tickets” of the PSA Official WeChat Service Number “PSA”. On the day of the event, enter the venue with this voucher.