Hours：10:30-18:00 (except Monday, the exhibition closes from 2.15-2.22)
Address：URBANCROSS Gallery, 37 Donghu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Curator and Production Team: Dinghaiqiao Mutual Aid Society
When shopping malls, supermarkets and online stores are gradually becoming the main battlefields of human’s daily shopping, the grocery has become the first destination to maintain the original atmosphere of the city. The grocery is the epitome of the city and one of the best ways to learn about the local life. Here, you can see the freshest ingredients, understand the dietary preferences of local people, even learn some the most authentic dialects. If you meet friends and neighbors, have a small chat will help you reinforce the relationships.
There is a Yanping Road Grocery at the cross of Donghu Road and Yanqing Road. It origins from 1990s, converted from a bicycle garage, and now it has become an indispensable part of daily life in the surrounding communities. Just next to the grocery, URBANCROSS Gallery was renovated three months ago, it is gradually integrating into the culture life in this district and this city.
Grocery and gallery, two seemingly contradictory places, coexist here. Now, Dinghaiqiao Mutual Aid Society The Workshop for Grocery may be able to bring more interesting discussions to this particular place.
Introduction of the exhibition:
Dinghaiqiao Mutual Aid Society is honored to be the first temporary workshop in URBANCROSS Gallery under the title of "Grocery". During five weeks, the workshop is a place for research, dialogue and expression, facing to the residents of Yanqing community and all those who have a need for daily life in this city. No. 9 Yanqing Road is shown as “Yanqing Grocery” on the mobile phone map, it satisfies daily food needs of residents, but is also the hinterland and context of the gallery. In the past three years, Dinghaiqiao Mutual Aid Society has made some observations and explorations on Dinghai Road Grocery, which is the must-pass way to come to the community and the core of the residents' lives.
In the way of videos and texts, we organize and arrange the undergoing work of past few years, digest, absorb and discuss in the interaction with the Yanqing community during the workshop. All the preparation work happens at the end of the Chinese lunar year, it is the moment when we want to return to the family, open to welcome guests and wish you the Chinese New Year.