┐ Chen Qiulin └

© Chen Qiulin, Ellisis’s Series No. 3, 2002 (photograph) © Chen Qiulin, Peach Blossom, 2009 (dvd still) At a time when her understanding of contemporary art was still limited, Chen was unexpectedly invited to partake in Parabola, a satellite show of the First Chengdu Biennale (2001). On this occasion she created Ellisis (. . . . . .), a performance piece that she documented in film and photographs. The work is based on a Chinese expression that roughly translates as “sweet harm” and refers to all the enticing things that modern society throws at young women. In Ellisis, Chen sits … Continue reading ┐ Chen Qiulin └

┐ Hai Bo └

© Hai Bo, Winter, from the Four Seasons, 2003 © Hai Bo, Shadow 2, 2009 Time and memory weave through Hai Bo’s work, as they have for the last 20 years. For one series, They, he obtained souvenir-photos from family friends and acquaintances taken during the era of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Often these were group portraits of Red Army members posed in rows: No hierarchy of importance was allowed and anonymity was underscored with uniform haircuts and utilitarian clothing. With a distance of 30 years, Hai Bo found and gathered the same individuals to recreate the original souvenir-photos. He … Continue reading ┐ Hai Bo └

┐ Li Yun └

© Li Yun, For Individual Use, from the series Impermanent Instant, 2008 © Li Yun, Connecting Wire, from the series Impermanent Instant, 2008 “We Chinese people are struggling in the whirlpool of cynicism with no exception. This is my understanding of the current times. With frenzied emotions and twisted bodies, we are marching forward with vigorous strides. While people are gaining tremendous amount of self-satisfaction in all respects, what emerges behind is a deeper sense of dissatisfaction and helplessness. All this is because that we always have some in-born things left to be fulfilled while the reality cannot be altered. … Continue reading ┐ Li Yun └

┐ Jiang Zhi └

© Jiang Zhi, On the white #4, 2007 © Jiang Zhi, Love Letters No.6, 2011 “Oneness and unity only rests in ‘word’, never in the ‘matter’. I recall a conversation with a neurologist about whether ‘insanity’ exists, and if it did, how. We arrive at an interesting concept, that we were not very interested in the notion of ‘insanity’ itself, in other words, to us, ‘insanity’ in ‘general’ does not exist. ‘Insanity’ only exists in ‘situations’ and ‘conditions’, that is, ‘who’, ‘with whom’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘why’, ‘why not’…? Only in these ‘wholes’, ‘situations’ and ‘assemblages’ does the word ‘insanity’ has … Continue reading ┐ Jiang Zhi └

┐ Chen Wei └

© Chen Wei, Broken Aquarium, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 © Chen Wei, Idol behind the curtains, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 “The photography/installation works of 31-year old artist Chen Wei illustrate an intricate imagination fascinated with the eccentric and fanciful pursuits of early science, mathematics, alchemy, philosophers and madmen. Taxidermy, broken mirrors, melted wax, bats, bees, deserted bedrooms, and found objects become the artist’s tableau. With a meticulous attention to details, Chen Wei creates mesmerizing scenes that leave the viewer puzzled by their intricate narrative, fantastic visual impact and odd beauty. In some … Continue reading ┐ Chen Wei └

┐ Caï Hongshuo └

© Caï Hongshuo, New Anecdote of Social Talk, n°17, 2008 © Caï Hongshuo, Work ladder to the heaven, 2008 “L’œuvre photographique de Caï est cohérente et stylistiquement reconnaissable. Focalisé sur les jeux de lumières et de contrastes proposés par le noir et blanc, l’artiste nous propose des clichés semblant sortir d’un univers fantastique et onirique. Il se passionne pour la zoologie et nous offre un regard différent sur la faune et la flore. L’animal et le paysage sont ainsi transfigurés par le biais d’un appareil à rayons X. Ses photographies sont révélatrices de l’attachement de l’artiste aux traditions culturelles de … Continue reading ┐ Caï Hongshuo └

┐ So Hing Keung └

© So Hing Keung, Reincarnation of Matter #4, 2010 © So Hing Keung, Reincarnation of Matter #4, 2010 So Hing Keung’s photographs are full of humor. He is trying to bridge the Taoist idea of reincarnation and recycle together with the act of ChouDu (超渡), which means aiding the idling or loitering spirits to detach their grudges and ultimately step into the tunnel of reincarnation by an act, or a ritual. In Mr. So photographs, the non-decomposed garbages found in somewhere were “detached” with the “offerings”, suggesting the non-decomposed garbages also have grudges, if we didn’t dispose them befittingly. Injecting … Continue reading ┐ So Hing Keung └

┐ Liu Yue └

© Liu Yue, Mountain Blossom #4 © Liu Yue, Mountain Blossom #11 “This city is not about other people or buildings or streets but about your mental structure. If we remember what Kafka writes about his Castle, we get a sense of it. Cities really are mental conditions. Beijing is a nightmare. A constant nightmare.” excerpt from Ai Weiwei’s recent article about Beijing. Continue reading ┐ Liu Yue └

┐ Kurt Tong └

© Kurt Tong, Untitled, from the series People’s Park © Kurt Tong, Untitled, from the series People’s Park © Kurt Tong, Untitled, from the series People’s Park “Last year I was helping my mother sort out all the family photographs. Apart from the customary family portraits in front of the same Christmas trees and behind birthday cakes, most of the photos taken of my brother, my sisters and me were during our day trips out at various parks. I have just a few memories of these pictures being taken. However, I still have such vivid memories of all the parks … Continue reading ┐ Kurt Tong └

┐ Huang Quingjun & Ma Hongjie └

© Huang Quingjun & Ma Hongjie, Untitled, from the series Family Stuff, 2005-2008 © Huang Quingjun & Ma Hongjie, Untitled, from the series Family Stuff, 2005-2008 “Time is in fact the secret protagonist in these photographs. Every picture shows its effects and relativity: It eats away at aged houses soon to be replaced by modern construction sites already looming in the background; it presents its manifestations in TV-sets and refrigerators alongside traditional furniture and cooking accessories; it is even directly captured in the clocks that Huang likes to place prominently in his staged arrangements. The images demonstrate that progress takes … Continue reading ┐ Huang Quingjun & Ma Hongjie └

║ Steve Aishman ║

© Steve Aishman, Untitled, from the series Death & Candy © Steve Aishman, Untitled, from the series Death & Candy “No one ever really gets over learning about death. Steve Aishman’s latest body of work, “Death and Candy”, explores the associations we all have with death. Like remembering the sweet taste of the bubble gum that was in your mouth the first time you saw a deer on the side of the road. Most people in contemporary urban cities feel removed from death, but everyone has a specific and personal relationship to death, even if we don’t face it every … Continue reading ║ Steve Aishman ║

║ Zhang Huan ║

© Zhang Huan, Shanghai Family Tree, 2001, Shanghai, China “Family Tree broadens this vein of exploration to describe the domestic scene as a site of initiation into ideology. The photographic series comprises nine sequential images made at regular interval from dawn until dusk on one day. Again, they all feature the face of Zhang Huan, the physical trace of his lineage. Throughout this process, the artist dictated to three calligraphers a stream of familiar names, personal stories, learned tales, and random thoughts. Each was transcribed in ink onto the artist’s face until, at the end of the day, he was … Continue reading ║ Zhang Huan ║

║ Mu Chen and Shao Yinong ║

© Muchen and Shao Yinong, Shenfan © Muchen and Shao Yinong, Shen “Husband and wife Shao Yinong & Mu Chen work together in Beijing to create photographs that illuminate the facets and functions of memory – a poignant process in China where a conservative agricultural society has been propelled within a few decades into an economic superpower. Their series “Assembly Hall” consists of documentary photographs of spaces annexed during the Cultural Revolution for political meetings. The halls’ various subsequent fates mirror the experiences of people who have lived through China’s period of extreme political turmoil. Shao Yinong and Mu Chen’s … Continue reading ║ Mu Chen and Shao Yinong ║

║ Shen Wei ║

© Shen Wei, Jamie, 2006, from the series Almost Naked © Shen Wei, Mireille, 2008, from the series Almost Naked © Shen Wei, Steve, 2006, from the series Almost Naked “Growing up in Mainland China, I was brought up strictly and conservatively, any untraditional and unconventional ideas of life-style can sometimes lead to misconceptions. I was numbed about the ideas of intimacy, sexuality, and love. Since I moved to the United States, my needs for self-expression has grown. However, my curiosity about how others deal with their identity in what is a fairly open society like America has increased. As … Continue reading ║ Shen Wei ║