Hommage To DING 向丁天缺致敬

Fred Dervin 文德

ICILABAS艺栈,798icilabas,icilabas,Beijing798icilabasI became acquainted with the work of Ding Tianque (1916-2013) at the very gallery where my Carpe Diem exhibition took place. The owner ofICI-Labas, Mimi Ding, is in fact his niece. Tianque had a very eventful life that reflects perfectly the complex history of China in the 20 th century. I fell in love with his art when I first saw some of his pieces. And I have always been fascinated by the fact that, although his life was far from easy, his paintings appear to be full of joy. In this self-portrait, which is an homage to Ding, wearing one of my flashy stripy shirts and a French beret (I have seen pictures of Ding wearing one), I am paying respect to one of Ding ’s oil paintings, saluting and lowering down my head. Ding’s painting depicts three dolls performing on a chair improvised as a stage. I used sand to fill the background of my painting and added colourful fireworks-like dots to symbolize intellectual and emotional stimulation. A celebration of life and meaningful encounters!

 我是在举办“Carpe Diem”展览的同一个画廊里认识丁天缺(1916-2013)的作品的。 ICI-Labas的创始人Mimi Ding实际上是他的侄女。天缺的生活非常丰富多彩,完美地 反映了20世纪中国复杂的历史。我第一次看到他的一些作品时就爱上了他的艺术。我 一直对这样一个事实感到着迷:尽管他的生活远非易事,但他的画作却充满了欢乐。 在这幅向丁天缺致敬的自画像中,我穿着我的一件花哨的条纹衬衫和法国贝雷帽(我 看过丁天缺戴贝雷帽的照片),我在向丁天缺的一幅油画致敬,鞠躬并低头致敬。丁 天缺的画作描绘了三个玩偶在椅子上即兴表演,椅子被当作舞台。我用沙子填充了我 这幅画的背景,并添加了像彩色烟花一样的点,以象征智力和情感的刺激。这是对生 命和有意义的相遇的庆祝!

BIODATA - 艺术家简介

A renowned scholar in the field of intercultural communication and education, Fred Dervin (Chinese name: 文德 Wende) is also an artist. He holds two PhDs (Sorbonne University in Paris and University of Turku, Finland), is a full professor and PhD supervisor at the University of Helsinki, Finland.  Dervin also holds several distinguished and visiting professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Sweden, as well as in other Finnish universities. Dervin has published internationally on questions of identity, interculturality and mobility/migration (over 150 articles and 80 books). His interest in art began when he was a teenager and has continued to grow over the decades. Over the past decade, he has produced artworks in China and Finland to showcase his scientific ideas. His commitment to the arts has also influenced his personal research (e.g. the benefits of arts education for intercultural communication). For decades he has collected and specialized in Finnish art from the mid-20th century and since 2015 he has been actively involved in producing his own art in relation to his research work. In his 2022 book entitled Interculturality in Fragments: A Reflexive Approach (Springer), he included 10 of his works of art to stimulate his readers to think beyond words about intercultural communication and education. He is just about to publish a book on art and interculturality in education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023).

Dervin is interested in the complexity of depicting faces in his art work by using different techniques. Interestingly, the Finnish word "face", "kasvot", always appears in the plural, which piqued his curiosity about the human face. This interest also comes from his scientific research on identity and intercultural communication, as well as his experience of living in different parts of the world.