Tag : China

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Xu Zhen ‘ShanghART Supermarket (Australia)’ 2007-08

Gallery staff are stocking Xu Zhen’s reconstruction of a typical modern Chinese supermarket. Fully stocked, but with empty packages, the installation is intended as an ironic and complex statement on the art world, hinting at the inflated market prices and voracious demand for contemporary Chinese art.

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Zhou Xiaohu ‘Utopian theatre’ 2006

Our workshop team have installed Zhou Xiaohu’s installation Utopian theatre 2006. In the work miniature clay figures enact history-making scenes that have been transmitted to the world through the media of television and the internet. Each is modelled as a miniature theatre or movie set and accompanied by a television monitor, showing the events in claymation.

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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.

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Wang Qingsong ‘China Red’ 2008–09

The installation process of Wang Qingsong’s China Red 2008–09 is now complete. The major installation of billboard posters were painted by Wang using traditional brush-and-ink as well as felt-tip pen, and feature a random selection of slogans and brand names promoting everything from multinational companies to domestic services.