Lu Jie got to know Jin Zhilin. After considerable discussion, meetings and communication with the Yanchuan government, the Survey Project was finally confirmed.
The Long March Crew started its research journey to north Shaanxi province
Long March North Shaanxi Space established
Official invitation from the 5th Shanghai Biennale
Document No.25 and No.29 released by Yanchuan government
2003.11 Preparation Conference
Lu Jie, Chief Curator of Long March Project, became acquainted with Professor Jin Zhilin from Central Academy of Fine Arts. In the few months that ensued, they frequently met with each other to discuss issues surrounding traditional culture and folk art. Lu was deeply moved by Professor Jin, who visited northern Shaanxi every year to help Yanchuaan county build a folk art village and a folk museum, despite being over 70 of age. May 2004, Mr.Jin Zhilin met with Feng Zhendong, the Head of Yanchuan county who was visiting Beijing for a conference, and they established partnership between Long March and the Yanchuan County Government. Soon, the Director of Yanchuan county’s Yellow River Ecology and Culture Preservation Committee and senior researcher of paper-cutting art, Feng Shanyun, traveled to Bejing for a meeting at Jin’s apartment with Jin, Lu Jie, and Exhibition Director of Long March Space who was also responsible for the survey project, Xiao Xiong, where they together worked out the details of the project.
2004.1 North Shaanxi Fold Art Research Trip
2004.1.4 Long March North Shaanxi Space
January 2004, with the accompany of Prof. Jin Zhilin, the Long March team arrived at Yanchuan County and built a contemporary art base in Xiaocheng village, the Long March Sha’anbei Space.
Continuing Art Long March requires more local bases in order to examine the public issue and social issue that contemporary art and Long March faces at the same time. Xiaocheng village initiated by prof. Jin approves the great influence of interaction between literati and the local.
Long March Foundation starts to support Xiaocheng Village. Meanwhile, Long March Sha’anbei Space set up art-in-residence program except for a space only for display.
May, 2004 Received Invitation from Shanghai Biennale
Long March received an official invitation from the Shanghai Biennale committee. The preparation for the great survey was well under way, and this chance to debut the survey results in Shanghai seemed all the more significant: it was, in fact, the artists from Shanghai who first travelled to Yan’an to deliver the fruits of revolutionary art to the Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia Border Area. It is difficult to imagine how much of the literary and artistic canon of the new China was a product of the alliance between Shanghai and Yan’an. If the art of northern Shaanxi people could now be introduced to Shanghai, would it generate new meanings in the contemporary art context?
3 June, 2004 Document No.25 & No.29
Yanchuan county government issued Document No.25 and Document No.29 calling for county-wide support for the survey, and established a supervising committee consisting of key leaders from the Cultural Beaureau, Education Bureau, Police Bureau, and Urban Planning Bureau in the county. The committee was led by Yan Zuchuan, the Deputy Head of Yanchuan county specializing in cultural management.