September 19 – October 11/2019
September 19- 7pm – 9pm
Opening Remarks @ 7:45pm
ISNS Exhibition Space
International School of Nanshan Shenzhen
11 Longyuan Road, Shenzhen – Basement Level
ISZAF is proud to present “Treasure”, an exhibition featuring 15 artists who have taken the challenge to take photographs of sceneries or objects of any kind that are considered treasures in their definition and their very own cultural backgrounds.
Specifically, all photos are taken with a mobile phone in which artists are encouraged to capture moments. Being genuine, eternal and swift concurrently, the photos selected are expected to inspire you with some sense of your treasures.
Meet The Artists
Amy Atkinson, a Canadian living in Shekou, I am an Art Teacher at SIS and an artist working primarily in paintings, digital and mixed media. I love being part of the ISZAF community as it challenges me to explore avenues of thought and inspiration for the art that I hadn’t considered.
My resilience is my humanity. My story has value. My body is my treasure. There are so many pieces of me that are scarred and bruised and seen a lot of adventures with me. I find myself obsessing about their strangeness and cringing at their overfamiliarity but without them, I wouldn’t have the pleasure I have in my life. For this challenge, I took photos of my parts with my iPhone then edited them digitally.
Alexei Chernock is an International teacher of design.
This collection of photos are a glimpse of my family’s summer in America. We road tripped from Lawrence, Kansas, to Neosho Missouri, to Nashville Tennessee, to Ashville North Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia, to Washington DC and then flew back to Central Oregon.
Since we have lived abroad so long I truly treasure sharing these experiences with my children and giving them an appreciation for the beautiful and diverse country that I love. It is important to foster a connection with their homeland and focus on the positive attributes that make America what it is. At the same time, acknowledging things about our country that we are not necessarily proud of and understanding the things we do not agree with also shape the country in ways that cannot be ignored.
She is a Venezuelan artist who is constantly seeking for new, unusual and fascinating sensations through art and photography.
An admirer of figurative and minimalistic art. Andrea has got quite an open view towards art and mostly enjoys painting intense, linear abstract works with oil and/or acrylics.
The Ping An IFC has proven to be one of the best modern treasures we can find in Shenzhen. Andrea feels pleased to share some photographs of this wonderful architectural skyscraper.
Email: [email protected]
David ‘Shep‘ Sheppard has been living and working in Shenzhen for the past four years. He is currently the Primary Learning Innovation Coach at Shekou International School.
He has been a professional educator for the past thirteen years. He subscribes to the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” and invites you to imagine the story behind each of his photographs.
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Gloria Carnevale is an artist, designer, educator and speaker who has lived and worked in Shenzhen for the past seven years. She is a founding member of ISZAF and is currently the Co-Chair.
Gloria works as the Head of the Arts Department for Visual Arts and Design at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS). She teaches senior-level visual arts courses and is also qualified to teach design and technology.
Gloria holds degrees in visuals arts (BFA, Mount Allison Unversity), Design (Sheridan Institute of Technolgy and Advance Learning) and education (B.Ed, Brock University), and has worked as an educational and design industry professionals for years.
The concept of “Identity” is commonly described as “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.” I believe that it gives meaning to an object or person that makes it different from everyone and everything else: it is seen as an independent variable that belongs to a certain person, or a group of people.
My work explores many themes surrounding the concept of identity, such as how relationships and surrounding collaborate to identify a person. The photographs in this exhibition focus on the treasure of reclaiming one’s life at a time of transformation. Specifically, it focuses on the transition of being diagnosed with an illness, and the process of maintaining who we are while we face it.
Guntur Timur is an Indonesian painter who resides in Southern China. He holds a Master degree in Visual Art from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. He works as an art teacher at Meisha Bilingual School in Yantian district of Shenzhen, now.
After a group show at Vanesha Art-Link Gallery in 798 Art Zone, Beijing (2010), he continuously looking to stay and work in Mainland, China. After 8 years, he finally managed to make it happened. His artistic exploration began when he was invited as a visiting artist by the University of Karachi, Pakistan, through an artist in residence program in 2007, continued by several exhibitions in Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Seoul, later.
Once, Jalaluddin Rumi wrote; “Did you know, your suffering is your treasure? Alas, you are the veil covering your treasure”. I refer a lot to Rumi’s ideas on treasure for this TREASURE challenge. My exploration on capturing what I see through a pinhole-camera was an attempt to reveal the veil covering the treasure between what my eyes see and what my eyes do experience.
Instagram: guntur_timur and gunturtimur_pictures
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Jennifer Nicklas is intrinsically fascinated with the intersection of art, creativity, education, and community. While she originally hails from Kansas City, Jennifer has been living and working in China since 2012.
This series examines the complex relationships among ourselves, nature, and human imposed restrictions. While some of these may be explicit and readily observable, others are subtle and, at times, hidden. Elements of consumerism and insecurity are often at odds with what we believe we treasure and this is reflected in our interactions with our surroundings.
I’m Luiza Naslyan from Armenia, currently living, working and creating in China. Art developed as a hobby in me, then became an inseparable part of me, my character, my life, my way of expression. I have established my brand and logo on May 2nd, 2019. My life plan is to keep my thoughts pure, my will and soul free and serve humanity with my art, mostly do art for people’s souls at their homes, and in public places, like metros, squares, at last earn my freedom with my art without having to work as a full time someone in a company, tho each job I do, I do it with care and responsibility.
neither gold nor silver
My mom has been the reason and supporter of the turning points of my and my family’s life. She was the biggest drive through the survival journey first for my father, next for her as a cancer survivor, and for my sister and me who were forced to face those situations.
Through my mom, I represent mother’s care and love in general, their importance in our lives and choosing her as a theme of treasure I say thanks for her presence in my life, and in general Mothers’ presence in our lives.
Treasure: neither gold nor silver
I’m fascinated with the idea of landart; it’s such a non-selfish form of art, meaning to say, an artist creates a landart and leaves that part of nature in nature. In contrast with other forms of art, where you physically possess your work, mostly in landart you can’t physically possess it, you leave it to the sun, the wind, the snow, the rain… to melt back into Nature.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Luize Naslyan
Facebook artpage: LuizA art&design
I was born in 1991. in Cacak, Serbia. I hold both Bachelor and Master’s degree with a major in painting. I have graduated from the Faculty of Fine arts in Belgrade in 2015. I had worked as an
art teacher in Serbia for two years and in March 2018. I have moved to Shenzhen, China where I worked as an Art teacher. Apart from teaching and painting I also do design. I have my line of handcrafted journals with my pattern design which started in 2016. The product line is very successful and I have received positive feedback from my clients.
MY PAST IS MY TREASURE
I have South European roots. We often don’ t consider us as Europeans but Balkan people. History is very important to our lives since our tough past created our presence in which we have lost our homes, and it’s constantly shaping our future as well. My past created my personality.
Wars that I’ve survived, homes I have changed, people that went through my life as a gift or loss gave me love, passion, and sadness, those things gave me myself! Some people would call that simple experience. It wasn’ t so simple for me.
I’ve lived through every single moment of my life with my lungs and heart deeply embracing those experiences. I ‘ve realized that only some moments were important, that only a few moments make us remember our past or someone else’s life. Here they are. Without any esthetic value. Moments as they were. Pure, simple, chaotic, dark and innocent. My whole life is on the wall in front of you. My past is my treasure since it made me ME.
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May Wang is a Chinese artist, born in Gui Yang, Gui Zhou Province, who lives and works in SheKou, ShenZhen. Having no background in art, she has worked as a middle school English teacher, an English translator for companies, insurance sales representative, and more.
Finally, at the age of 34, she began working as an art assistant in the high school of ShenZhen QSI International School. This became the start of her art journey.
My theme of treasure is focused on “freedom. The way to show freedom is very valuable which can be called a treasure is through transitioning it into a tangible form- looking up at the sky. So I focused on taking photos of looking up at the sky. Hope we all appreciate and enjoy our freedom in our life no matter it is a rainy day or a sunny day.
Michael Williams is an artist that expresses himself through photography and paint. He is originally from the US and has started his 5th year here in Shenzhen.
The Treasure Challenge offered a lot of ways for interpretation and was a welcome addition to this summer. Some ideas were seen to fruition but many others just evaporated like the summer months themselves.
The first series is a set featuring my son. Because how could I not with a theme like a treasure.
The second series is about food… Originally I had planned the entire treasure focus to be food but I had phone issues and got distracted.
My 3rd series is about travel. I love traveling and every place explored brings new sights and experiences. It was not something I could afford to do when I was younger so I feel very lucky.
Savo is from Belgrade, Serbia. He studied at the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade. He works as an artist and an Art teacher in Shenzhen.
Each piece consists of two photos made with a smartphone. They overlap and are desaturated. Then, the colors are brought back in certain areas following the shapes and lines created by the combination of the two images.
These signify the revelations that arise in-between different moments of experience. Something has happened, but only when another thing happens, we realize something from the first experience. Between the lines, intersections, and beyond.
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Tish Harris is an American from Denver, Colorado who currently lives and works in Shenzhen, China. She is an art dabbler, eco-adventurer, and international educator.
One of my passions is observing the natural beauty that surrounds us. Digital photography has enabled me to capture those moments I may have lost in my pre-cellphone days. This summer I noticed, as I tried to capture the moment; it required spontaneous courage.
Editing photos than required a creative focus which proved to be quite calming. I tried to take photos that combined natural beauty with national pride. I did not succeed in breaking away from stereotypes. I was surprised by how the view from my “lense” has changed, as an expat living abroad.
The ISZAF Treasure Challenge has helped me self express what I treasure “newly.”
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Kirenna is a Russian born and raised artist, based in Shenzhen, China. Self-taught photographer, she is currently exploring drawing with a regular and digital pen. Curious about digital tools and social media, Kirenna captures colors, textures, and lines to express moods and reflect on ways digital world frames our behavior.
Yvette Stride is an Australian artist and educator, drawing inspiration from her surroundings, especially in her homes of Hungry Head Beach (Australia) and Baishizhou (China). Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art (Queensland University of Technology), and a Masters of Education (Arts) from Southern Cross University.
She has directed collaborative Murals in Australia and Malaysia and has co-created many sketchbooks as part of the Brooklyn Library Sketchbook Project (New York). She completed an artist residency at Guanlan Printmaking Base in China (2019) and shows work locally through ISZAF in Shenzhen.
The work is about falling into the deeper depths of yourself through reflection. Shimmering your soul into a new horizon from the underbelly within.
In my previous life, 15 years ago, I was a scuba diver. I taught diving, and/or did underwater video work in Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.
The feeling of dropping down into the silence of the underwater world, accompanied by long, deep breathing is a peaceful feeling that can overcome me still when I am near large bodies of water. It probably won’t ever leave me.
I hope the photographs I took all around Baishizhou give you the same sense of being between worlds, because sometimes in the city I miss my underwater home, my treasure.
Water has a playful quality on the surface, dancing and warping reflections in to intricate organic shapes, but when you are immersed, many meters down it is very still and quiet. You can only hear your breath.
In and out. Passing by a body of water, you can sometimes glimpse a mixture of the surface reflections with the scene below. It is intriguing, and I imagine, even when the water is shallow, that the depth extends as far down as the reflections of the upside-down buildings do. And in those moments I am transported by my reflections into my treasured underwater world, exploring a peaceful inner bliss.
Instagram: Yvette Stride
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