Song Dong: Eating the City
Li Jun: Zi Jie at East Lake

October 15–December 15, 2017
1st Floor Lobby Reception Area
1st Floor Viewing Room

Curated by Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) & Co-Presented with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation’s Creative China Festival, Mana Contemporary hosts two pop-up exhibitions for the 12th edition of ACAW (October 5–26, 2017). A large-scale edible installation by Song Dong entitled Eating the City, and a second installation by Li Jun entitled Zi Jie at East Lake.

On October 15th 6PM at Mana’s lobby on the first floor, Song Dong invites the public to feast on his world-traveled Eating the City installation built from thousands of edible biscuits, crackers, and sweets. Food is a recurring element in Song Dong’s works. He has enacted various iterations of this project in cities around the world including Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, London, Nepal, Paris, and Shanghai to encourage public reflection on the rapid developments of urban cities and the dramatic disappearance of older infrastructures.

The second installation, Li Jun’s Zi Jie at East Lake, is a poetic archive of the artist’s creative engagements with a large-scale public art project and environmental awareness initiative that he has co-organized with participation by over 100 local artists since 2010—known as “Everyone’s East Lake Project.” Comprised of videos, writings, illustrations, and installations, it encompasses a series of the artist’s acts countering the massive real-estate boom that is rapidly eradicating the communal recreational sites and public spaces all around the East Lake areas in Wuhan (a large, populous city in Central China).                     

Press Release

(1) Song Dong, Eating the City, 2003
(2) Li Jun, Free to Go, 2012


Song Dong’s and Li Jun’s shows are co-presented with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation’s inaugural Creative China Festival as part of THINKING PROJECTS pop-up exhibitions organized by the 12th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week curatorial and educational platform (October 5–26). Over thirty cutting-edge exhibitions, public programs & other evening festivities held across ACAW Consortium Partner museums and galleries in New York City culminate with two signature programs curated by ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady: the annual art forum FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects and citywide exhibitions THINKING PROJECTS: Pop-Ups. For more info and the full agenda for ACAW visit