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"I'm Only as Good as My Secret" Curating and Artistic Statement 
March 2021

In the month of 2021, I volunteered at "Collector's Space".


This month-long exhibition showcases more than 30 private collected artworks of active collectors from Australia.


In the space, every piece of work receives the care and respect equivalent to its "value". But the backroom of the gallery is mouldy and damp, it’s littered with discarded materials and menial objects.


The artworks and the objects create a stark contrast within the gallery space, this coexistence and the separation of the two spaces aroused my thinking.


I wanted to use "waste" to create artistic value, thereby challenging the monetary value of art and discussing the "privilege" of exhibitions.

I decided to curate a secret performance installation exhibition in this space.


Every day, I only use materials found in the back of the gallery to make a temporary installation artwork (with a life span of 1-day) and put her in the gallery so that she can exist with the other art, yet secretly. 

I broke the hierarchy of the gallery and took initiative to give my temporary installation an equal footing with expensive private collections.


And the secret existence of my temporary installation in this “authoritative” space becomes a language between art and non-art.


These low-value materials have gained the “right to speak” in the exhibition environment, and it forms a dialogue with the valuable and collected, creating a seesaw-like tension within this context.


My secret exhibition then explores the ideas of improvisation, temporarity, the permanent and impermanent nature of art and its authority.


At the same time, through observing the audience’s reaction to these temporary pieces, the secret exhibition studies the influence “exhibition environment” has over the audience’s perception of the artwork, thus challenging the "supremacy" of art and exhibition.

My intention is not to make pleasing works.


I want to elicit any reaction from the audience through this secret exhibition.


"Audience" is the final element of my secret exhibition. Their participation and reaction to seeing these installations act as the final activator of this exhibition.


From a curator’s perspective, I hope to stimulate the curiosity of the audience through the collision between my installation and the existing artwork in the gallery, make them doubt their own perspectives, question what is art, and reconsider what constitutes the value of art.

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