Founders of the multidisciplinary Vitamin Creative Space, based in Guangzhou and Beijing
Zhang Wei and Hu Fang’s 14-year-old Vitamin Creative Space has retained its status as one of China’s most influential art venues: a thinking woman/ man’s gallery with progressive programming and publications. Besides boasting a roster of top art intelligentsia from the mainland, including media artist Cao Fei, who opened a solo exhibition at New York’s MoMA PS1 this year, it presented Danish-Vietnamese A-lister Danh Vo’s 2.2.1861 (2009–) at its villagelike outpost in Guangzhou, Mirrored Gardens. Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and opened last year, Mirrored Gardens comprises a gallery, art studios and overnight accommodation. Hu, a critic, writer, curator and e-flux and ArtReview Asia contributor, also lent some conceptual heft to the project by publishing a book, Sou Fujimoto: Towards a Non-Intentional Space, Vol. 1, with essays that reflect on the complex’s design, with bonus musings on Zen gardens, landscape aesthetics and a neo-agricultural lifestyle.