Shunchang Rd: An Opportunity For Discourse
City Curation Project
“One’s most intimate contact with a city is often through a street, walking from a cross to a place, meeting someone at a cafe, and finally leaving a memory, good or bad,” said Wang Yiquan, a founding partner of Acts and Pathways. “Shunchang Road is such a street.”
In the city curating project Shunchang Road: An Opportunity for Discourse, Acts and Pathways took this century-old street as the starting point for the whole exhibition making. We compared Shunchang Road to a work of art, seeing the shops and residents on the street as creators, and presenting the history and current status of the street. Throughout the curatorial and design process, we used “one street, two exhibitions, and four shops” as the main storyline of the project.
The two exhibitions are a special exhibition on Shunchang Road and a photography exhibition situated within the Renmin Photo Studio. The four shops, Old Shandong Nut Shop, Heping Hair Salon, Shengxing Centennial Dumpling, and the Remain Photo Studio, are our exhibitors. In addition, we have invited architect Wang Yuwei, photographer Chen Zhen, Xu Ming, the founder of Urban Archeo, The Paper, the digital newspaper, and old customers of the Renmin Photo Studio over the past 50 years as our participating artists to showcase their works and stories about Shunchang Road.