stage候台BACK shanghai (2008 - 2013)

 

 

In 2008 Susanne Junker inaugurated stage候台BACK, an artist run space for experimental projects in Shanghai China.  For nearly 6 years, stage候台BACK hosted numerous exhibitions in two different locations in China’s financial capital. The first location was in the legendary 696 Weihai Road warehouse which was home and workspace for an artist community of around 70 artists. Chinese and international artists worked side by side and a handful of exhibition spaces found their platforms in this former pre-Communist opium factory.

696 court yard / stage候台BACK logo, summer 2008.

696 court yard / stage候台BACK logo, summer 2008.

Junker’s intention to direct an artist run space was to reflect the drastically changing society of modern China and bustling daily life in Shanghai that she witnessed on her visits when she travelled between Paris and Shanghai on a frequent basis. By the mid 2000s the local art community was growing with plenty of newly opened commercial galleries concentrating primarily the booming Chinese contemporary art market. stage候台BACK saw itself as an addition but also aesthetic counterpart to that, mainly bringing in foreign artists to enrich and internationalise the local scene and ‘walk the red line’ with edgy programming.

Furthermore, the cultural exchange through the invited artists and local audience had significant importance, erasing prejudices and helped shape the understanding between dissimilar conceptions of historical and educational backgrounds. After the eviction of artists 696 Weihai Road in May 2011, stage候台BACK was invited to join the team of famed Eastlink gallery at the M50 art complex but working independently on further Junker’s and stage候台BACK’s supporters curated program.

The last exhibition by stage候台BACK up to this point was hung in March 2013 after Junker decided to concentrate on her own art work again. With anticipation, Junker wishes that one day the concept of artist run spaces and art foundations that essentially promote culture for culture and not culture for any other reason such as promoting real estate, will find its importance and grounds in this new social structure of mostly money driven minds.

 

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Inside the 696 warehouse / Junker kicking the grid on gallery window that authorities installed during the world expo 2010 @ stage候台BACK 696.

Inside the 696 warehouse / Junker kicking the grid on gallery window that authorities installed during the world expo 2010 @ stage候台BACK 696.

Susanne Junker photographed by Eric Leleu at stage候台BACK 696 with floating self dolls, shortly before the eviction of artists, 2011

Susanne Junker photographed by Eric Leleu at stage候台BACK 696 with floating self dolls, shortly before the eviction of artists, 2011

Junker with Chris Gill in his installation "the corridor at the end of time" at stage候台BACK M50, June 2011 / Laurent Friquet during his performance 《"Make Room #3. Pogonirique"》at stageBACK M50, September 2011.

Junker with Chris Gill in his installation "the corridor at the end of time" at stage候台BACK M50, June 2011 / Laurent Friquet during his performance 《"Make Room #3. Pogonirique"》at stageBACK M50, September 2011.

Junker with Thomas Palme during his exhibition "the 100 most influential men in history" . "Hello Kittler", photograph, 80 cm x 60 cm, courtesy of stage候台BACK Shanghai, 2011 / Junker looking at "things" at stage候台BACK M50, winter 2013.

Junker with Thomas Palme during his exhibition "the 100 most influential men in history" . "Hello Kittler", photograph, 80 cm x 60 cm, courtesy of stage候台BACK Shanghai, 2011 / Junker looking at "things" at stage候台BACK M50, winter 2013.

Junker participating at Enigma 115, live painting by Bili Bidjocka, October 2012 / Liu Tao presenting his exhibition poster in gallery elevator conducted by Lao Yao, March 2013.

Junker participating at Enigma 115, live painting by Bili Bidjocka, October 2012 / Liu Tao presenting his exhibition poster in gallery elevator conducted by Lao Yao, March 2013.