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"Shen Yuan: un matin du monde"
2001-07-25 until 2001-09-09
UK United Kingdom
Shen Yuan's dramatic Un Matin Du Monde is an installation which re-creates the entire roof-top of a traditional Chinese house. Using terracotta clay tiles in the style of the Fujian Province, the roof will be adorned with spices and duck, and will house the sounds of everyday life. Shen Yuan's expansive practice ranges from monumental site-specific interventions to intimate, visceral objects. Shen Yuan is a Chinese-born artist who moved to live and work in Paris in 1990. Her recent work, including Un Matin Du Monde, is manifest with observations on her cultural environment.
Un Matin Du Monde appears to be a memento of the artist's Chinese
hometown, directly transplanted into Chisenhale's vast East End space.
However the forms, sounds and odours of Un Matin Du Monde are essentially
fragments, unloaded from Shen Yuan's own biographical narrative. The work
not only embodies questions of identity: it is a concrete display of the critical
global issues of displacement and transmigration.
This major solo exhibition at Chisenhale is produced in collaboration with the
Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), and Arnolfini, Bristol, where Shen
Yuan will be showing a range of work in a complementary solo show. The
project will be accompanied by a fully illustrated monograph, published by
Shen Yuan has participated in several group shows in the UK. Parisiennes, at
Camden Arts Centre (1997) included the work 'In Threes and Fours, or In
Knots' (1997), where Shen Yuan masked the gallery's windows with gigantic
plaits of hair. Cities On The Move, Hayward Gallery (1999), featured 'Street
Battle' (1997). This work combined video footage of demonstrations, spliced
from different historical moments and locations. The audience were invited to
partake in the insurrection by hurling eggs at the screen.