Tag : 2003

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[UTOPIA] China, a country with a five-thousand-year-old history, looks back with pride over its cultural achievements. Yet as a consequence of unbridled growth in the past two decades, China has undergone extraordinary destruction – both material (buildings) and immaterial (ideas). In their striving for success and wealth, the highest goals in Chinese society today, people are developing a rampant yearning for happiness and recognition. There have been corresponding changes of a dramatic nature in the urban and mental landscape.

Wang Qingsong ‘Utopia’ in European Photography vol.24, no.73-74, 2003, p. 56-63.

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The countless contradictions I see around me and the ever-present crisis of modernization are what determine my photographic work. First, the influence a foreign civilization is having on the old Chinese culture. Second, how the striving for money is robbing the traditional values of their inner and deeper meaning. These are the social phenomena which I criticize in most of my works.

Wang Qingsong ‘Utopia’ in European Photography vol.24, no.73-74, 2003, p. 56-63.

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Rivane Neuenschwander ‘I wish your wish’ 2003

Gallery staff prepare Rivane Neuenschwander’s I wish your wish 2003, an installation in which hundreds of coloured ribbons printed with wishes, submitted to the artist from visitors to previous exhibitions, hang from a gallery wall. Visitors are invited to select a ribbon, tie it to their wrist and leave a new wish in return. According to a Brazilian tradition, the wish will come true when the ribbon eventually becomes undone and falls away.

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Ricky Swallow | Killing Time 2003–04 | Laminated Jelutong, maple | 108 x 184 x 118cm (irreg.) | Rudy Komon Memorial Fund and the Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2004 | Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Ricky Swallow ‘Killing Time’ 2003–04

Ricky Swallow works predominantly in sculpture, dealing with time and its passing, mortality and immortality. Much of Swallow’s early work was nostalgic for analogue technologies such as tape decks remade in cardboard or record turntables transformed into miniature scenes from …

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Emily Jacir | Where we come from (Habib) 2001–03 | Laser print on paper; Type C photograph on paper mounted on cintra | Laser print: 22.2 x 28.6 x 2.5cm (framed); Type C photograph: 30.5 x 22.9 x 2cm | Purchased 2006 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Emily Jacir ‘Where we come from’ 2001-03

Based in both Ramallah — the Palestinian city on the West Bank — and New York, Emily Jacir works across diverse media to make art that addresses the plight of the Palestinian people, and which encompasses geopolitical issues as well …