“When the myriad things lose their names, we are in a labyrinth. There is no guide underneath, in the true world. We have been living in the labyrinth for millennia, but didn't know it.”
TIM YIP: MIGONG September - December 2017. Essence Contemporary Art Museum.
In a continuation of the exhibitions Silent Passenger (2013), In Parallel (2016), and Reformation (2016), at Three Shadows Beijing, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, and Shanghai Power Station of Art, Migong is curated by editor and publisher Mark Holborn.
The exhibition brings together thirty-seven of Tim’s works in costume from film, stage and independent artistic creation. These include Yu Jiao Long’s silk wedding dress from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), and works from the Netflix series Marco Polo (2014/15), among many others. Also on display is his recent collaboration with FENDI, a PEEKABOO handbag called Spring Flowers Winter Snow, part of the charitable FENDI CHINA PEEKABOO PROJECT.
The gallery is divided between the area of the first floor which contains a number of references to the past and to ancient culture, and the second floor, the contents of which look to the future. Lili can be seen on both floors. She is an onlooker as well as a participant.
The Chinese word Migong means maze in English. As in the story of the Minotaur from Greek mythology, where a ball of thread helped Theseus escape from the Labyrinth, by passing through the series of works on display, visitors to Migong are invited to trace a thread from the present back to the ancient past, and from there, find perpetual renewal into the future.