A celebration of cross-cultural exchange, London and Honk Kong-based Schoeni Projects' first exhibition is a direct response to COVID-19
Isaac Cordal, Social Distancing Since 2003 (2020), Polyurethane Resin, courtesy the artist and Schoeni Projects
Launching 24 July and based in London and Hong Kong, brand new contemporary arts platform entitled Schoeni Projects' inaugural exhibition is set to take place within a Victorian townhouse in South West London. Named disCONNECT, the exhibition will feature site-specific works made by ten urban artists based across secen countries, including Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, Iranian artist Aida Wilde and Spanish artist Isaac Cordal. Organised in collaboration with Hong Kong-based non-profit HKwalls, the show will be available to view online as well as by appointment.
“Schoeni Projects is the exciting next chapter in my family’s commitment to facilitating cross-cultural collaborations between Asia and Europe," says Nicole Schoeni, director and founder. "Building on this legacy, my new venture expands beyond the confines of the typical gallery model. I had always wanted to mark this with an unconventional show – namely a street-art takeover before we are set to renovate Schoeni Projects’ future home.Now, confronted with the pandemic, the adaptable and topical practice of this artistic medium has become integral to the project’s fruition. My hope is that, whilst reflecting my father’s philosophy and unique joie-de-vivre, through Schoeni Projects London and Hong Kong we will also provide distinctly new and dynamic spaces, which offer a truly contemporary hub for artists and art lovers to meet, engage and collaborate."
The featured works reflect the artistic and physical constraints posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, depicting the mental and political reactions to the global crisis. A work of note is Social Distancing Since 2003 (2020) by Cordal, representing the disconnect brought about through technology which has existed long before the pandemic.
Each work is complemented by an insightful programme of digital initiatives comprising downloadable artworks, online videos, virtual tours and a live interview series on Instagram. Artists around the world are also invited to submit their works for consideration.
disCONNECT is on view from 24 July until 24 August 2020 at Schoeni Projects London