Wingshan Smith is an artist and curator based in Nottingham and Hong Kong. Her interests lie in negotiating cultural self-hood and spirituality in an increasingly surveilled world. Whilst much of her work is auto-biographical, her work more generally seeks to interact with readily forgotten histories.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Deep Trash in the Underworld’ at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, ‘Assembly’ at Backlit, and ‘Rituals’ at Rough Trade, Nottingham. She received her MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, specialising in Documentary and Contemporary Art. In 2017, she launched Delphian Gallery alongside artists Nick JS Thompson and Benjamin Murphy.
Psychic Cards for Uncertain Terrain: Nottingham
A new global disorder has left many feeling numb and unsettled. In the aftermath of the American Presidential election, Brexit, the dissolution of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution as well as an on-going world refugee crisis, dreams of progression seem less achievable than ever.
Psychic Cards for Uncertain Terrain: Nottingham is one half of a two-part interactive project that invites anxious viewers to have their futures read by a very specific deck of tarot cards.
The deck is formed of instant photographs taken in 2018 around and within Nottingham featuring street life, private life, and the people who live here. This work explores the mystic aura of the object and the indexicality of an image as it seeks to challenge notions of regional identity, city planning, and personal destiny.
UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019