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"Shen Yuan: un matin du monde"
2001-07-25 until 2001-09-09
Chisenhale Gallery
London, , 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 inIVA.

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.


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