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We have always been concerned about the inherent contentions and boundaries between literature and images, between writing, language and shapes, visuality, and poetry and contemporary art today. As early as 2009, we have invited art critic Bao Dong to introduce contemporary art in poetry magazines under the title "Poets Circle" which was also an attempt to present a more current writing ecology to the art world.

 

In 2011, we co-curated an exhibition titled "Wordscape" with the Hua Art Museum in Shenzhen, which focused for the first time on a group of artists and poets engaged in their respective fields. This time, in addition to presenting visual art, the exhibition also includes sound, music, and performance, which will be on view in the museum space along with poetry, writing, and historical documents.

 

In 2012, we named the magazine Enclave and began to openly introduce the artists' practices, exploring the relevance of art to the present in the periodical form with an eponymous feature.

 

These artists appeared on the journal cover include Wang Jun, Chen Yufan/ Chen Yujun, Li Liao, Guan Yinfu, Wang Peng, Chen Xiaoyun, Cai Lei, Xu Xiaoguo, Wang Guangle, Wang Yin, Liang Shuo, He Xiangyu, Wang Yuyang, Yang Xinguang, Ding Yi, Wang Haiyang, Lin Ke, Jiang Ji' an, Guo Xi/ Zhang Jianling Liu Xinyi, Song Kun, Wu Shan, Dong Dawei, He Xun, Sun Xiaofeng.

 

In the Enclave App, we have also set up an art feature. Since then, Enclave has shifted this specific endeavor into physical space, where we have curated a series of contemporary art exhibitions starting in 2017.

 

Enclave Contemporary, an art space founded by Enclave, will, on the one hand, continue the approach we have adopted in the past in engaging with the contemporary art scene. On the other hand, it will dedicate efforts in the academic, research, publication, and promotion of contemporary art, exploring and generating practices with the artists into an era of dynamic and radical changes.

 

 

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Zhang Er

 

The artists' practices from a given period artists appearing on the cover and the ensuing pages of Enclave are featured in the magazine. In our new edition, other than a complete makeover from the past issues, the content also carries a unique academic vision and aesthetic affinity to convey and explore the artistic movements in today's society to those outside of the established art system. Writers of the artists' contemporaries and those avid aficionados of poetry will deliver artistic innovation from a dynamic undercurrent to our readers. In a sense, art, poetry, culture, and creative events define a spiritual enclave in an era of radical change.

 

On another level, the term on the cover functions to transform what' s on paper into the physical space, symbolic of a collective ritual of our first action. Bearing a similar aim in mind, we would like to return the site of contemporary art practice from print to physical space through language, mathematics, and perspectives and display them in the most fitting manner. Whether as a noun in past tense or as a compelling verb with symbolic significance, our inaugural exhibition, "Cover" suggests that the Enclave will dedicate its effort to the work of contemporary art and expand into the three-dimensional model. This exhibition's presentation is both a small but beautiful retrospective and a new beginning and outlook into the future.