Da Vinci Talk was initially the name of an art salon I started in Guangzhou, of which the participants were mainly art university students. I encouraged art students to communicate and interact with people from different academic disciplines, ages, and cultures. Thus, the idea for an exhibition in New Zealand was born out of this context. I hope to bring the most genuine works of Chinese university students to New Zealand and, from this experience and exchange, help them to grow and mature as people. I also hope that through these artworks New Zealand audiences can sincerely see the face of contemporary China as well as of Chinese young people.
Throughout the process of preparing for this exhibition, I received the enthusiastic support of many people and organisations. I’m particularly grateful to Deborah White and Artweek Auckland, as without them Da Vinci Talk would not have this opportunity to be shared with New Zealand audiences. I would also like to thank the young artists who contributed to this exhibition, they used their own brushstrokes to express their various understandings of Wait and Hope. I am fascinated by their colours and concepts, and I hope that the New Zealand audience can, like I have, enjoy this exhibition both visually and thoughtfully.