再见，长江西路301号 FAREWELL, WEST CHANGJIANG ROAD NO.301
展览地点：上海玻璃博物馆 设计新馆 H5临展厅
Curator: Cathye Yang
Exhibition time: Apr. 28, 2023 – Dec. 5, 2023
Exhibition location: H5 Temporary Exhibition Hall, Design Wing, Shanghai Museum of Glass
Exhibition Planning and Graphic Design: COORDINATION ASIA Ltd.
Curator assistants: Huang Simin, Cao Yinan
关于展览 ABOUT EXHIBITION
On April 28, the oral history exhibition Farewell, West Changjiang Road No.301 will be opened at the Shanghai Museum of Glass. “No. 301, Changjiang West Road”, the former address of Shanghai Firstglass Labware Factory, the predecessor of Shanghai Glass Museum, has disappeared from the map. Behind the transformation of house number is not only the change of administrative street divisions, but also the profound changes of the times and the ups and downs of a glass factory.
In this exhibition, we will trace back, trace and explore the history of Shanghai Firstglass Labware Factory, and show you the historical scene of the old industry that seems to have fallen into dust.
In the 1950s, New China was awash in waste and industry, as the most important material production sector in the national economy, was crucial for national development. Shanghai is one of the most developed regions in China’s glass industry. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, through the efforts of a generation, Shanghai not only occupies an important position in the field of daily glass, but also has advanced international standards in high-tech fields such as optical glass, quartz glass, optical fiber and aerospace applications. This generation has devoted a lifetime of effort to the construction of New China, while also witnessing the rapid development of Shanghai.
From the 1990s to the early 21st century, due to production transfer and urban transformation, some industrial enterprises including Shanghai Firstglass Labware Factory closed down or moved, leaving some industrial relics. And these industrial relics are witnesses of the times and historical and cultural relics that cities can explore.
When a new generation enters this city to live, study, and work, they often do not understand the industrial and cultural history of the past. The memories of the older generation are also constantly disappearing over time, and the glory of the past is also being forgotten.
“If our museum doesn’t care about this history, no one will care,” said Zhang Lin, founder and curator of the Shanghai Glass Museum.
In this exhibition, the former factory staff and the old factory director of Shanghai Firstglass Labware Factory are taken as the interview objects, and the oral record is carried out comprehensively in the form of video, photos, words and other multimedia forms, in an effort to fill the gaps in the existing literature and historical materials with more detailed and vivid first-hand oral historical materials. Let this exhibition retain the collective memory of urban industrial culture and continue the urban context.
Oral history exhibition is the main story of ordinary people. The description of the former workers has launched some micro -narratives full of humanistic temperatures in the grand historical narrative. These workers who came from the old society to the New China were recorders of the historical and culture of this city. Their stories resonated with the same frequency as the times.
Now at the Shanghai Glass Museum Park, the audience can still feel the industrial characteristics of the old factories, and at the same time feel its new functions and vitality. A glass factory that once burst into fire and heat. Extraordinary change. The former industrial zone has undergone transformation, and culture and art have been regenerated on the soil of the industry.
前玻璃一厂工人口述 ORAL ACCOUNT OF WORKERS FROM FIRSTGLASS LABWARE FCATORY
The factory went from glory to being eliminated by the times, which is the short history of society. “- Chen Jianguo, a worker in the headlight workshop
Entering the factory at the age of 19 and retiring at the age of 45, my feelings are worth it, and there are many memories. “- Li Meizhen, former laser workshop worker
The tools are relatively outdated, the technology is relatively backward, and the things made are definitely not backward. “- Qian Jianming, a worker in the headlight workshop
Light industry is not light, heavy industry is not heavy. Our youth lies in this factory. “- Wang Feng, former blowing workshop worker
Entering the factory to work, without saying anything, burying oneself in hard work. “- Zhu Guangyong, former factory director
Capacity appraisal, anyway, every time it goes through our hands. “- Yao Lanlan, former quality inspector