"Road to Heaven #3" Show at Lijiang Library // 东巴神路图 #3 在丽江图书馆 / by Jay Brown

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ROAD TO HEAVEN #3 // 东巴神路图 #3

[alternative subtitle: A Practice-Based Approach to Theology]

an exhibition of work by Frog (Qingwa)*

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Co-produced by Dr. Petra Johnson and HeJixing

@ LIJIANG CITY LIBRARY// 在丽江图书馆

from October 12-28th, 2018

2018年10月12日至28日

*also featuring: video (work-in-progress) “A Road Closer to the Gods” by An Xiao Mina (USA), with translated transcripts by Lisa Li (CN); “Crane Dance” video excerpt from Jixiang Village’s Qilin Dance (filmed and edited by Petra Johnson); audio piece “An Interview” featuring Professor FanDahan (CN) and Dr. Petra Johnson (UK), transcript editing by WuShuyin and HeJixing (CN); collaborative pieces with Dongba HeXiudong, Dongba Yanjianhua, Dongba HeSiqiang (CN); “Dog Head” fabricated as a prop for the film “Lashihai’s Ophelia” by Greta Mendez (Trinidad/ UK); live appearance and interview with Dongba HeXiushan a.k.a. Sunny (CN)


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SHOW STATEMENT:

The Dongba Road to Heaven funeral scroll is a long painting used at certain Naxi Dongba funerals. 

During the funeral ritual, a Dongba priest guides the soul of the deceased through the levels of Hell, and towards Earth and Heaven. 

“The Road to Heaven #3” Exhibition presents an unfinished Dongba Road to Heaven scroll painting. 

I first began studying Dongba culture as an art student in 2011, seven years ago. 

Since then, I have completed two Road to Heaven scrolls, seven Thangka-Style Dongba paintings, at least a dozen books of notes and observational drawings, and studies of ritual cards and wooden board paintings, under the guidance of multiple Lijiang Dongba teachers. 

I painted my first Road to Heaven scroll in 2014 as an assignment for a Dongba teacher- it has now been returned to him and it lives in Tacheng village, ready for use in the next ritual. 

I painted my second scroll in 2015-2017, as a study for myself. In 2016, that scroll was presented in an exhibition in Maryland, USA, and was also featured as part of a project in Mongolia, funded with a Visual Arts grant by the Asian Cultural Council. In 2018, the same scroll painting, when finished, was shown in exhibitions in Berlin, Germany and in New York City. 

This new scroll, which is currently in-progress, is my third edition. 

To encourage the interactive facets of cultural production, I encourage intellectual exchange as I invite visitors of all ages to evaluate the work and give feedback while it is being created.  

There will be a presentation/ performance lecture during the opening event, as well as a box to collect feedback throughout the duration of the show. 

During the closing event we can discuss the issues which have been brought to attention by the general public.

This gives the local community a moment to reflect on traditional Naxi Dongba culture, while also assessing how it is recreated and represented in international contemporary conversations today. 


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“东巴神路图”是一幅给纳西族东巴做葬礼时用的画卷。

做葬礼的时候,主持葬礼的东巴会把死去东巴的灵魂从地狱带到人间再从人间送到天堂。

我计划创作一个装置来展示一幅未完成的“东巴神路图”。

7年前(2011年),当我还是艺术专业学生的时候,初次接触并开始学习东巴文化。

从那以后,在多个丽江东巴老师的指导下,我已完成了2幅“东巴神路图”、7幅唐卡风格的东巴画、超过12本画有观察性绘画和注释的笔记、大量研究仪式的东巴手绘卡片及东巴木板画。

2014年,为了完成东巴老师的作业,我绘制了我的第一幅“东巴神路图”。这幅画已经交还给老师,现存于塔城乡,正准备用于下一次的仪式。

在2015年-2017年间,作为自己的研究成果,我完成了第二幅“东巴神路图”。在2016年,此幅卷轴画在美国马里兰州进行展出。这次展出也是亚洲文化协会视觉艺术奖赞助的蒙古项目中的一部分。在2018年,此幅作品,也在美国纽约及德国柏林进行展出。

此次即将在丽江市图书馆进行展出的卷轴(正在筹备中)是我的第三幅卷轴。

为了鼓励文化产出的互动,我将邀请不同年龄层的参观者进行智力方面的相互交流与意见互换,以便评估作品,并在作品创作的过程中收到反馈。

在画展开幕仪式上,将会有一个互动问答环节。在画展展出期间,也将会有一个意见箱,用以收集观展公众的反馈意见。

在闭展的仪式上,我们可以讨论由画展引起普通公众关注的一些问题。  

画展将给本地社群一个机会,去重新审视传统的纳西东巴文化,也将评估这样的一个传统文化在今日的国际性当代语境下,将如何被“再创作”和“再展现”。


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OPENING EVENT:

October 13th, Saturday

3-5pm @ the Library Exhibition Room

3:00: Extract from the Qilin Dance (Crane and Deer)- featuring guest performers HeJixing and MuXian

3:30: Speeches from Library Staff, Officials, Curators, and Lijiang Studio

4:00: Performance Lecture (“Post-Mortem Guidance Counseling: A Brief Intro”) by Frog

5:00: Library closes; dinner at restaurant


CLOSING EVENT:

October 27th, Saturday

3:00-5:00: Readings of collected feedback; Q & A

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Special thanks to Hannah Zhang, Jay Brown, and Lijiang Studio’s October residents: WuShuyin, Kartika Mediana, Witold, and Adrian (Trillion Rexford)