“The Beginner’s Mind – Works by AFA Founders”

AFA Macau

“The Beginner’s Mind – Works by AFA Founders” artwork appreciation had been successfully opened in Macau Art Garden on September 1. Lots of guests had come to support, including President of the Administrative Council of the Cultural Industries Fund Leong Heng Teng, Executive director SJM Holdings Limited LEONG On Kei, Director General of Albergue SCM Carlos MARREIROS etc. Participating artists are also the founders of AFA, and they are Bianca Lei, James Chu, Konstantin Bessmertny, Noah Ng Fong Chao, and Tong Chong respectively. Works from paintings, videos to mixed media will be showcased.

The exhibition is curated upon the theme of “Beginners’ Mind”. The term comes from a Buddhist classic text of the Avatamsaka Sutra: "The very beginning mind itself is the most accomplished mind of true enlightenment". It is oftentimes the best mind but the most difficult mind to attain. The founders of the AFA, the artists are invited to reflect upon the initial intention they had ten years ago when they grouped together to create the association of Art For All. Ten years have gone by, the AFA has been founded with 6 artists members and is now expanded to more than 40 members. It has become one of the most representative and active artists association on the contemporary art scene of Macao. As participating artists have witnessed the growth of AFA throughout the past 10 years, the exhibition seeks to revisit the original intention when AFA was founded. In reflection AFA is ready to carry on its mission and step into a new page.

Life is anything but reversible. But James Chu has decided to give it another shot by repainting on his old painting works. What is gone is gone but his forthrightness has never left him. And then taking a look at Tong Chong’s latest paintings, one realises that the best ideas often come from the simplest ideas. The beginner’s mind is the learner’s mind, purest and most difficult to maintain. His paintings are simple but powerful because they come from the heart of a child. Bianca Lei is one of the pioneers in video art in Macao and she has never ceased to explore the nature of moving images. The current exhibition presents her 9th artwork of the on going series of “Faith in Fake” which is based upon her reflection on the unusual phenomenon of city development. Shadow is the other side of light. Darkness is part of our life. The Beginner’s Mind is the best mind but it is the most difficult mind because after years of experience and “expertise”, how can we keep our intentions pure and empty somehow? Sometimes aspiration comes from difficult moments of life. Ng Fong Chao’s latest work consists videos of his father on his dying bed speaking the last words. In front of death the artist has chosen rebirth. The end of life is the beginning of a new phase. As for Konstantin, it is his signature dark humour. “The Future Behind” depicts what could have been Macao’s future of the past. Behind the apparent contradictory and suspicious atmosphere, it is the uncompromising attitude to point out the ridiculous the way it truly is.

“The Beginner’s Mind – Works by AFA Founders” is partly sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Macao SAR Government. Media partners include Hoje Macau and Ponto Final. The exhibition will be opened to public from August 25 to September 17, 2017.

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