“Disarming Charm” attempts to examine linguistic and non-linguistic concepts in epistemological issues of perception, through revealing hidden violence under the disguise of religious oppression, making allegorical edits of images and collective memories, or exploring materiality in the psychological realm. These three sets of works in this exhibition expand on the performative aspects of knowledge — aesthetics, body and affect — via geo-psychological sites, time-space dichotomy, as well as paradigms beyond language. 

The title of the exhibition intentionally adopted a “weak theory”, as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick proposed in “reparative reading,” suggesting an invitation to emotional responses, expressions of needs and desire for the openness to be connected. 

Lin Jiayue was born in 1988, Zhejiang, China. She graduated from the High School Attached to China Academy of Fine Art in 2006 and obtained her BFA in Oil painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. In 2011, she gained her MA from the Wimbledon College of Art in London, and in 2014, she acquired another MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York. She is currently living and working in Beijing. The selected exhibitions she has shown: “Instant Image”, Leo gallery, Shanghai in 2016, Solo show “High Preist”, MOCUBE, Beijing in 2015, “Front and Center”, SVA gallery, NYC in 2014, “Ruminate and Reflect”, Art Lot, Red Hook NYC in 2013, “Home”, Ground Arts Gallery, NYC in 2013, “To The End”, public installation, Beijing in 2012, “Trace”, SVA gallery, NYC in 2013, “Futura Bold/ Futura Oblique”, The Nunnery, London in 2011. The residencies she participated are NARS Foundation, October 2016, NYC(selection of artists was finished in early 2015), Vermont Studio Center, March 2015, Vermont, and the Ox-Bow, Fall Artist Residency 2014, Grand Rapids, MI.

Shen Xin (Born 1990, Chengdu) lives and works in London. Her recent and forthcoming solo presentations include Strongholds, Lychee One, London (2017); Originally Inclusive, CFCCA, Manchester (2016); At Home, Surplus Space, Wuhan (2016); Forms Escape: Prologue, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2016); Shoulders of Giants, Senate House, London (2015); Rhythms of Work-Means Something To You, CAC Shanghai and Venice Biennale (2015). She recently participated in group shows Extravagant Imagination, The Wonder of Idleness, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai (2016), The Ballad of Generation Y, OCAT, Shanghai (2015), Does Not Equal, W139, Amsterdam (2015). She is the recipient of the CAC Fellowship for Chinese Artist (2015), and in 2016–17 Shen will participate in artist residency with ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange.

Luzi Yang is a filmmaker and science fiction writer residing in Los Angeles. A Chinese national, she has spent the past decade living between the United States, Germany, and China, studying philosophy of language, history of science, natural history and philosophy of antiquity. Luzi received her BA in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and her MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts.