Don't Quit Your Daydream
Don't Quit Your Daydream is easy to spot. It’s painted Millennial pink. The exhibition, at the new UNI Elite mall, is made up of 11 rooms with different themes all with a distinct bubble-gum feel. Best for the Moments? It’s a tie between the neon jungle room, the tiled basins of hundreds on hundreds of lemons, and the pink maze room with naked pink Apollo statues.
There is no shortage of Moments-damaged wang hongs here. You can spot them because they travel in packs. Good photos are the product of a team effort: one poses, the other snaps photos, the third directs the other two and does strategic prop placement.
Don't Quit Your Daydream runs until November 30 and is open from 10am-10pm every day. Tickets cost 90rmb during the week and 128rmb on the weekend. Details here.
“We are not photographers, but artists. We are not a photo studio, but an art space.” This is the proud claim of KikyoSpace, according to their WeChat mini program.
A collaboration between three Shanghai photography studios (TangVision, NottingHill and Lemon Studio) KikyoSpace is a bit of a catfish – it doesn’t really live up to its online presence. The experience is different from Cotton Candy & Daydream because the different spaces are not divided by physical barries, just placed next to each other. There are lots of ‘food’ props, from slimy paste “ice cream” to acrylic dough “cupcakes”, not for eating. There’s also a pink tennis court, not for playing. A special shout-out to the wang hong who brought a change of clothes for her photoshoot in the fake bath tub. That’s commitment.
KikyoSpace had its first run (pictured above) and is now revamping for its winter run, which will open on November 26. Hours are 10am- 9pm every day, and tickets cost 99rmb on weekdays and 129rmb on weekends. Details here.
One thing Soulsoul has going for it that KikyoSpace doesn’t: real cake and real drinks. But honestly, it’s a catfish too. What looks good online is disappointing in person. The place was filled with cigarette smoke and there’s no real separation between the café and the photo area. What’s there? An orange wall with surrealist paintings, a non-functional bathroom, and bathtub filled with broken sculpture heads. Photos online have most definitely been through filters. Oh, and then there’s this.
On the plus side, Soulsoul is freeeeeee (“it’s for the art…”). It’s open 9am-9pm every day. Details here.