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箭厂胡同38号(国子监街内)
北京 100007 中国
38 Jianchang Hutong
(off Guozijian Jie)
Beijing, 100007 China

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2020.12.26
《箭厂空间五年书》出版
NEW PUBLICATION:
Arrow Factory: The Last Five Years (2015-2019)

致箭厂空间的朋友们:

在持续运营了11年又6个月后,箭厂空间-北京城中心的这间橱窗式艺术空间将于2019年9月底关闭。 该项目能够坚持至今,包括在首都各项严厉的城市整治之下还存活两年已然是不小的奇迹。我们最初选择这个街区部分是因为它的日常品质,随着时间的推移我们已然在彼此身上留下了各自的痕迹。 我们始终知道箭厂存在的脆弱性,包括曾经面临的因街区日益中产化而节节攀升的租金,以及当下令人倍感沮丧压抑的“胡同改造”政策实施,都会使现有的展览模式难以为继。箭厂空间始终高度依赖于其即时环境,呈现的艺术项目持续对我们周边复杂的经济、政治和社会条件做出有意义的回应,此一初衷即便此刻面临空间的关闭也没有任何改变。
 
我们在此谨对过去十余年来参与该项目的所有艺术家致以由衷的敬意,向所有箭厂空间的私人捐助者和机构赞助方表达深深的谢意,还有感谢那些慷慨的设计师,译者和出版商朋友,充满爱心的家人以及其他所有热心帮助过我们的人们。箭厂空间为所有已完成的艺术项目感到骄傲与自豪,我们和参与的艺术家们共同捕捉到了独特的时间与地点的情感, 在一个宇宙的小角落开辟了这个可以进行实验的空间,没有大家积极的参与和无私的奉献,我们不可能独自做到这一点。遗憾的是有些正在讨论中的项目还未能实现,我们下一步的去向也尚不清晰,但是我们的创作冲动依然存在,当再一次找到新的可能性时,我们会及时与大家分享。

再次向大家致以最诚挚的问候,

箭厂空间团队:何颖宜,姚嘉善,王卫

2019年9月26日

Dearest Artists, Supporters and Friends,

After a remarkable eleven and a half years of running our experimental storefront art space, Arrow Factory will close its doors at the end of this month, September 2019. It has been nothing short of a small miracle that Arrow Factory lasted this long, especially in a city that has witnessed such extreme transformations as Beijing has in these past ten years. Arrow Factory has prided itself on being contingent upon its immediate environment, presenting works that could form meaningful responses to the diverse economic, political and social conditions of our given locality. Our closure at this juncture is no different. We chose this neighborhood in part because of its everyday qualities. Over time these features have left their mark on us, and we can only hope our mark has been left behind too. While we have always accepted that our existence was tenuous—subject to rising rents, gentrification and usual government scrutiny—we did not expect what would actually occur: a layering of top down policies disguised as “neighborhood improvements” that would slowly asphyxiate our hutong, making our work untenable. We have instructions to shutter our display window permanently making it impossible to continue with our current format at this location.

It is now time for us to extend deep and heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful people who have been a part of this project over the last decade and more: our gracious donors and institutional sponsors, first-rate translators, talented designers and dedicated printers, our generous volunteers, loving families, and supporters near and far. We are especially indebted to the many artists who shared their ideas and precious time with us. There are some projects that we regretfully will not get around to completing, but we should all be proud that we have created one of the most vibrant, longest-standing, independent art spaces in a tiny alley in Beijing. Arrow Factory captured the sentiments of a unique time and place. We carved out space in a small corner of the universe for high-quality artistic experimentation, and it was glorious. We could not have done it without you. 

Our next steps are unclear. While our morale is battered, we are not broken, and our creative impulse and spirit remains. We will keep you posted. 

Much love and best regards, 
The Arrow Factory Team: Rania Ho, Pauline Yao, Wang Wei
2019.09.26