wave hands, like clouds, not eyes
Serena Lee
October 22nd, 2021 — January 15th, 2022,

Curated by Denise Ryner.

“wave hands, like clouds, not eyes” is an exhibition by Serena Lee that offers an atmosphere of sound, scent, and substances in flux, reflecting the feeling of taijiquan internal martial arts practice, Daoist principles and yin yang cosmology. This ‘speculative spa’ convenes Vancouver artists and invites guests to take off their shoes, recalibrate their senses and experience of time in an intimate, immersive space. Playfully critical of the neo-liberal imperative of relaxation towards optimized productivity, this ‘spa’ is a slippery and contradictory space, reflecting the healing and martial nature of taijiquan — and embraces the qualities of sinking, rising, expanding, flowing, and emptying, as aspects of an embodied knowledge practice that softly resists colonial logic.

Image courtesy of Serena Lee. 2021.

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