Anri Sala participates in the exhibition 2020 + with his piece If and Only If, where a garden snail slowly crawls from one end of a viola bow to the other, disturbing the subtle balance of the musician’s performance. Because of its slow pace, the snail becomes the protagonist of that performance. Igor Stravinsky’s Elegy for Solo Viola is subverted in the tactile interaction between the musician and the garden snail, and the performance seems to take twice as long as it would ordinarily, extending the elegy into a painful and disorderly journey.
Through the unique ideas and actions of fifteen artists, 2020+ attempts to open a multi-dimensional space for understanding.
Curator: Yan Shijie
Artists: Chen Shaoxiong, Chen Zhen, Olafur Eliasson, Hong Hao, Huang Yong Ping, Liang Shaoji, Lin Tianmiao, Anne Rochat, Rachel Rose, Anri Sala, Song Dong, Tao Hui, Wang Gongxin, Yang Zhenzhong, Yin Xiuzhen.