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Exhibition Launch: Ye Funa - From Hand to Hand

Ye Funa, 直播计划鬼畜之书 Peepstream The book of kichiku, video still, 2015.

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Exhibition Launch: Ye Funa - From Hand to Hand

The Project Space

16 Feb 2018

This Chinese New Year, Nottingham Contemporary will be presenting an unusual and exciting exhibition inspired by pop culture, digital socialising, ping pong and nail art!

Join us for the launch of Ye Funa’s, From Hand to Hand in our Project Space (adjoining Gallery 1). See the show, visit an arty nail salon, and stay for a game of ping pong.

In this celebratory evening, you will have the chance to wear an exhibition on your nails - breaking the barriers between everyday life and art. The artwork Curated Nails invites members of the public to submit exhibition proposals to be installed on nails. The work responds to a history of nail decorating - once part of religious rituals but now seen as a space for self-expression.

We’ll be showing the newly commissioned video work Ping Pong Stream, visually inspired by the eclectic, vibrant and kitsch style of late 90s – early 00s digital internet art. In the video work, Ye revisits the dying culture of ping pong in China, and the westernisation of sporting interests within the nation. During the evening, you can even play a game of Ping Pong in our café bar.

Other video works from Ye’s Peep-Stream series will be exhibited, responding to the current frenzy for internet live-streaming in China.

For more information about the exhibition, please click here 

We hope you can join us. To reserve your spot, please book on…


Fri 16 Feb. 6–9pm.

Free entry. All are welcome.



Exhibition dates: Sat 17 Feb – 7 May 2018 (closed 5-23 March)

The exhibition runs alongside Nottingham Contemporary’s main exhibition, From Ear to Ear to Eye, exploring sounds and stories from across the Arab world.

This exhibition is part of NOW: A Dialogue on Female Chinese Contemporary Artists, in collaboration with CFCCA, HOME, Turner Contemporary, MIMA and Tate. NOW aims to readdress the marginalisation of Chinese female artists; presenting new viewpoints and exploring how female artists navigate the complexity of gender categorisation placed upon their creative process.