Face Contact -- Beijing, theme exhibition of the PhotoEspana 2011, frames the concept of "Interfaces: Portraiture and Communication" to which this event in Spain is dedicated. This leading project, to be unveiled at Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, can be seen as continued exploration of the universal significance of portraiture and communication in our everyday life. In such an active context as China, discussion about photography, an art from that is both old and new, may create humanistic effect distinctly different from that in the West.
When working as an interface in the form of portraiture, "face", underlined in this exhibition as a means of human communication, tries to communicate with the viewer's face, thus carrying some meaning derived from the communication: the viewer, in his (her) turn, will work on the information got from the portraiture, thus, while watching the portraiture project, projecting his (her) understanding and interpretation onto the "face" of the portraiture. The goal of this exhibition, as the focus of this extended field, is to examine the possibility of the communication between portraiture and the face by means of "interface" as an metaphor.
Face Contact -- Beijing will be a showcase of works by thirty-one important artists who, though coming from different countries and backgrounds and working in different ways, are all devoted to the exploration of the multiple meaning of portraiture with concerted effort. In the filed of language, images presented by faces have long been used in communication to show dialogues between entities, an indication of the practical function of the face and portraiture in semantics.
Face Contact -- Beijing completely rejects an encyclopedic exhibition or one with a simplified theme, which reflects in every way the basic nature of contemporary curatorial concepts. This practice, moreover, has changed the exhibition format for permanent collections in museums. Like many other forms of discourse practice, contemporary curatorial concepts, greatly influenced by post-structuralism and post-modernism, reject the grand narrative and focus on fragments, micro-politics and the heterodox and pluralistic tendency.
In conclusion, this exhibition, focusing on the means of communication by portraiture from the interior elements, reveals the diversity, complicity and intensity of modern portraiture and aesthetics — the artists construct and deconstruct these portraitures with great freedom and complexity. Beyond their own space and significance, the images are also displayed for the double "face contact", which, like the project, can be viewed as an effort to build the continuity of vision in order to respond to and explore the discourse and imagination involved in contemporary portraiture.