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"Performing the Body: Photography and Performance from China - Cang Xin, Chen Lingyang, Chi Peng, Hai Bo, Ma Liuming, Miao Xiaochun, Muchen and Shaoyinong"
2004-11-17 until 2004-12-23
Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin Beijing
Since 1997, Alexander Ochs has been bringing East Asian contemporary art to Europe, recently opening a branch of his gallery in China itself. PERFORMING THE BODY will be opened by Claudia Stein, the editor of the magazine Photography Now and co-curator of the exhibition. Although traditional artistic practices and styles still dominate in China, over the last two decades many new concepts and experiments have taken shape. Photography has in recent years become the primary medium for documenting and interpreting recent social transformations.
Once used exclusively as an instrument of propaganda, it has within the briefest time span been able to penetrate other artistic practices like painting, installation, and performance, taking on an important role of its own among the contemporary arts. Using a documentary approach or a more surrealistic method, the artists transforms their experiences into visually stimulating images. Often ambitious in format and experimental in its use of form, they show a broad spectrum of individual responses to the changes currently taking place in Chinese economy, society, and culture.
Chen Lingyang born 1975 in Zhejang Province, China, Lives and works in Beijing
Chi Peng born 1981 in Yantai of Shadong, China, Lives and works in Beijing
Hai Bo born 1962 in Changchun City, China, Lives and works in Beijing
Ma Liuming born 1969 in Huangshi, Hubei Province, China, Lives and works in Beijing
Miao Xiaochun born 1964 in Wuxi Jiangsu, China, Lives and works in Beijing
Muchen & Shaoyinong born 1970 and 1961 in Xining, China, Live and work in Beijing
Cang Xin born 1967 in Suihua of Heilongjiang Province, China, Lives and works in Beijing
Sprinting forward-2, 2004
94.65 x 280 cm