Monroe / Monroe 梦露 / 门罗

Monroe / Monroe


Duration: October 19, 2018 – November 20, 2018

Venue: Shang Ba Art Gallery

Address: Shang 8 International AD Park, Yard 3, Xiadianjia (West Dawang Rd), Chaoyang District, Beijing

Host: Photo Beijing 2018 Curatorial Committee

Organizer: China Art Photography Society



Artists: Anna Ehrenstein, Guo Yingguang, Pixy Liao, Lv Jiatong, Miia Autio, Poulomi Basu


Executive Director: Xue Chenmei

Curator: He Yining

Curatorial Assistants: Cai Xinyuan, Qiao Hongyan

Graphic Designer: Shi Runmin

In the 1940s, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote in The Second Sex that “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. No biological, psychological, or economic fate determines the figure that the human female presents in society: it is civilization as a whole that produces this creature, intermediate between male and eunuch, which is described as feminine.”[1] “Monroe”, a surname of Scottish origin, has been translated into completely different and highly gendered Chinese characters in different contexts: Meng Lu (梦露) in the case of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, and Men Luo (门罗) in the case of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States. This phenomenon indirectly responds to the myth of femininity revealed in de Beauvoir’s book.

“Monroe/Monroe” focuses on recent creative practices in photography and related media by artists around the world on topics concerning women and gender. The exhibition aims to investigate, in certain social and historical contexts, possibilities for artists to create their own expressions between the speakable and the unspeakable. The project is grounded in the connection between contemporary photography and feminist culture, and will be presented as a combination of exhibition, forum, research and public events.

The exhibition of the same title, “Monroe/Monroe”, will explore different issues caused by gender differentiation in the upbringing, family life and social life of women through the works of 6 photographers. The works showcased in the exhibition start from the postmodern perspective that sees the body as an object of gender and go on to challenge, humorously or methodically, stereotypical identities of women within the scope of complicated social and cultural perceptions.

During the exhibition, we will invite a number of curators, scholars and artists active in the field to participate in academic forums, talks and public events, which are not only designed to help us explore the important significance of photography in raising and responding to related issues, but also to examine the history and development of women’s photography around the world in a broader context.

[1] Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, trans. and ed. H. M. Parshley (New York: Vintage Books, 1974), 301.


Event Calendar


October 19, 2018 (Friday) 14:30

Roundtable Discussion


Xu Hao (artist, curator of “Another Way of Telling” at the Shanghai Center of Photography)

British Women’s Photography: Methods and Aesthetics

Ma Ji (photographer, former visual director of GQ China)

From the Male Gaze to the Female Gaze—New Trends in Contemporary Fashion Photography

Li Jia (Curator at Tai Kang Space)

Between the Nation and Men—A Brief Case Study of Women’s Photography in the PRC


October 27, 2018 (Saturday) 14:30

Journalists’ Forum


Cong Yan (freelance photographer)

Documentation, Intervention and Action: Reporting on Issues Concerning Women

Li Yanan (photojournalist, member of the “Signal” Group)

Behind the Veil

Wang Tingshu(Picture Editor, Reuters Beijing Bureau)

I talked with 14 Women from around the World who Take Photos for a Living

Yang Shenlai (Operation Director of Sparker Content Platform of the

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace and Feminist Groups


November 3, 2018 (Saturday) 14:30

Artists’ Talks


Guo Yingguang (artist)

Lv Jiatong (artist)


November 10, 2018 (Saturday) 14:30

Drama Forum

As an extension of the exploration of issues concerning women, our interactive drama workshop offers the audience a multi-layered experience of immersion. Starting from their own experience of life and of the current exhibition, participants will be invited to feel their connection with others by sharing their thoughts and playing the roles of other people under professional guidance. Let us embark on an unusual journey to explore and experience different lives!


About the Venue

Shang Ba Art Gallery is a multifunctional exhibition space within the Shang 8 International AD Park. It aims to explore the general connection between contemporary visual arts and topics related to women and to support young curators and artists in their research and creative practices. Past exhibitions include “Zhang Tingqun: Out of Labyrinth”, “Sima Yuan: Awareness”, “Imprints of Imagination” (group exhibition), “Human Being is Nothing” (Photo Beijing 2017) and “Mirjana Mit Stojkovic: La joie de vivre”.

北京国际摄影周2018 尚巴美术馆分展场











安娜·埃伦施泰因(Anna Ehrenstein),郭盈光,廖逸君,吕近月,米亚·奥提奥(Miia Autio)、普洛米·巴苏(Poulomi Basu)


展览总监: 薛晨妹

策展人: 何伊宁

策展助理: 蔡昕媛、乔宏岩

设计统筹: 石润民


20世纪 40 年代,法国思想家西蒙娜·德·波伏娃(Simone de Beauvoir)在《第二性》中所揭示出的,“女人不是天生的,而是后天形成的。任何生理的、心理的、经济的命运都界定不了女人在社会内部所具有的形象,是整个文明设计出这种介于男性和被去势者之间 的,被称为女性的中介产物。” 门罗(Monroe),作为一个来自苏格兰高地的姓氏,在不同语境下,被中文翻译为两种截然不同的,带有强烈性别化的汉字:梦露/门罗,分别指向美国好莱坞明星玛丽 莲·梦露(Marilyn Monroe)和美国第五任总统詹姆斯·门罗(James Monroe),间接回应了波伏娃笔下有关“女性”身份塑造的神话。










徐浩(艺术家、上海摄影艺术中心 “另一种讲述的方式”展览策展人)










丛妍 (自由摄影师)




















尚8文化集团尚巴美术馆是一家综合型的展览空间,尚巴美术馆致力于探索当代视觉艺术与女性主题之间的广泛连接, 扶持青年策展人和艺术家的研究和创作。过往展出包括张庭群“出迷宫记”、司马源“觉知Awareness”、“想象的印记”版画群展、 2017北京国际摄影周分展“不关心人类”摄影展以及米拉·米特“生命·积赞”等。



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