Giving yesterday a tomorrow: New jigsaws of social construction
Hu Jiang Gallery
School of Arts and Humanities
The title of this exhibition derives from a quote by Le Corbusier in 1927 in which he speaks optimistically about the virtues of colonialism as a means of spreading and sharing the aesthetic values of modernist social spaces in a growing machine age. This position of course assumed a Eurocentric hegemony, a prevailing dominant power which carried with it remnants of the past as a formation of the future. This was no more graphically played out than in the construction of parks and gardens in our new colonial cities, in which European Arcadian values were reconstructed as nostalgic references to a time gone by. In a rapidly changing world where new communities are forming and hybrid cultures are emerging, this idyllic theatre of nature now plays host to a new multicultural society that questions our dominant beliefs, presenting a new democratised Arcadia in which chaos and conflict are exposed and shared...