Foggy Times

2022.01.15 Saturday 14:00


Macalline Art Center, 706 N. 1st St.798 Art Zone, 2 Jiuxianqiao Rd., Chaoyang, Beijing


Lu Nei


Macalline Art Center’s inaugural exhibition “The Elephant Escaped” began with an exploration of today’s attitudes, lived circumstances, and related emotions and mentalities. While preparing for the exhibition, we were inspired by Lu Nei’s novel Mistwalkers, published in January 2020. Through that non-linear polyphonic story, we explored the different and rich inner worlds of individuals in a specific time. In Mistwalkers, a literary vision of the decade from the 1998 floods to the 2008 Beijing Olympics gave the exhibition a conduit of memory through which to understand the present, while also providing a material reference for the exhibition’s design.

During the exhibition opening on January 15, Macalline Art Center is delighted to host a discussion with novelist Lu Nei, moderated by Yuan Fuca, curator of “The Elephant Escaped.” Dai Jinhua has noted the “intersex” literary qualities of Mistwalkers—the characters in the novel and their perceptions of themselves are always pending. Lu’s writing is always guided by and implicated in the fates of these characters, as if walking through fog. Lu’s literary world offers us an anthropological perspective. By engaging with a social world comprised of warehouse staff, migrant workers, hipsters, and other transient groups, we also slowly start to see our own lives and desires.

About the Speaker

Lu Nei

Novelist, author of Young Babylon, Compassion, and Mistwalkers

About the Moderator


Yuan Fuca

Chief Curator-at-Large of Macalline Art Center, curator of “The Elephant Escaped”


The Macalline Center of Art (MACA) is a non-profit art institution located in the 798 Art District of Beijing and officially inaugurated its space on January 15, 2022. Occupying a two-story building with a total area of 900 square meters, MACA unites artists, curators, and other art and cultural practitioners from around the world. Through its diverse, ongoing, and collaborative approaches, the Center establishes a new site on the contemporary art scene. Guided by the “work of artists” and backed by interdisciplinary research, the Center aims to bring together a community passionate about art and devoted to the “contemporary” moment so as to respond proactively to our rapidly evolving times.