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Diane Severin Nguyen’s First Institutional Solo Exhibition in Asia

New Immersive Installations Explore Neorealist Conventions and the Nanjing Massacre

Shanghai – Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is pleased to present Diane Severin Nguyen’s first institutional solo exhibition in Asia, titled “In Her Time.” The exhibition features two new immersive installations by the artist, who is known for her kaleidoscopic approach to photography, film, and installation.

The first installation, “In Her Time,” is a film that follows the journey of a struggling actress named Iris (Li Meixian) as she prepares for her first leading role in a historical war film set during the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. The film riffs on neorealist conventions with subjects performing as themselves, creating a powerful and moving portrait of a woman coming to terms with her own history.

The second installation, “The Space Between,” is a large-scale photographic work that explores the relationship between memory and absence. The work is composed of hundreds of photographs of empty spaces, such as abandoned buildings and rooms. The photographs are arranged in a grid, creating a sense of disorientation and unease.

“In Her Time” is a powerful and thought-provoking exhibition that explores the intersections of history, memory, and identity. The exhibition is on view at RAM from September 16, 2023 to January 29, 2024.

Rockbund Art Museum
No.20 Huqiu Road