On view through March 26, 2021.
Globalization is a double-edged sword. While accelerating urbanization and modernization, it also exacerbates conflicts and social issues particularly in the ways immigrants and outsider/marginalized groups are confronted with increasing living costs and other unaffordable living pressures. These ongoing problems are only compounded by crises, such as COVID-19.
A cross-cultural artistic exchange project, Empathy Zone, critically addresses these various issues from the perspectives of eight independent artists living and working in two capital cities, Beijing and DC. In addition to cultural differences, these two capital cities are located in polar opposite places, with twelve hour’s time difference. A virtual exhibition runs through March 26, 2021, and the Empathy Zone blog is updated every Friday with new artwork.
The participating artists from China are Li Linlin, Duan Shaofeng, Ye Su, and Yin Yadi. The artists from the U.S. are Sobia Ahmad, Antonio McAfee, Joseph Orzal, and Naoko Wowsugi.
This project is a partnership with Contemporary Art Mover (CAM), based in Beijing, and VisArts in Rockville, MD. Learn more about the project here.
VisArts Gallery Hours:
- Monday through Friday: 12 – 4 PM
VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD.