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[Nettime-ro] Chinese contemporary art beyond the global market


Chinese contemporary art beyond the global market.
21.03.08- 04.05.08
Opening: March 20th 2008

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
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*Artists:* Cao Fei, Chu Yun, Duan Jianyu, Huang Kui, Kan Xuan, Lothar Spree,
Lu Chunsheng, Pak Sheung-Chuen, Ren, Quinga, Shen Shaomin, TsengYu-Chin,
Wang Yu Yang, Wu Ershan, Xu Tan, Yang Fudong, Yang jiang group, Zhao Liang

*Curated by:* Zhang Wei (Guangzhou), Li Zhenhua (Beijing) e Davide Quadrio

This is a crucial moment in China's search for cultural identity as it
strives to reconcile the weight of tradition, a troubled recent socio
-political history and the rapid entry into the western-style global
economy. The most visionary contemporary art in China attempts to shape the
future in the light of the past... In a very short space of time China is
experiencing a process that in Western culture evolved slowly over
centuries. But just as the Florentine Renaissance of the fifteenth century
led to the emergence of the city by its use of culture as a vital channel of
communication modern China is investing extensively in the development of a
cultural infrastructure and in its promotion abroad.

The exhibition presents a lively interchange between the curators' three
sections, representing three distinct but complementary attitudes and

Zhang Wei, the curator from Guangzhou, in "Throwing Dice", brings together
artists of different backgrounds, training and modes of expression. Zhang
Wei presents individual visions of human existence in a fragmented and
constantly changing world. The videos of Kan Xuan, Pak Sheung Chuen and Yang
Fudong (acclaimed in the most recent Venice Biennale), digital animations by
Cao Fei (also present at the Biennale), technological installations by Chu
Yun, and paintings by Duan Jianyu offer individual stories that engage the
spectator in the exploration of a shared existential landscape and in the
constant tension between the world of dreams and of reality.

The installation in the section by Davide Quadrio, a curator in Shanghai for
the last 15 years, "Art is not enough, not enough!," is produced by the CCCS
where it will be given its world premiere. The multimedia installation draws
on interviews made by the curator with forty artists in Shanghai, who
consider questions about the role of the artist, their relationship with the
external world, the social consequences of their work and the international
market's effect on traditional modes of artistic production.. This
presentation offers a dynamic anthropological insight into the urban
panorama of modern Shanghai.  (see below for details)

Questions of geo-political identity and cultural relativism are the focus of
"Multi-Archeology", the section curated by Li Zhenhua. Installations by the
Mongolian artists Wu Ershan and Ren Qinga, highlight the often conflictual
relations between the different cultural groups in China today and pose
questions about the undermining of the individual in the face of social
Both installations, created especially for the exhibition in Florence, take
as their theme the human condition in the face of an uncertain future.
The art video by Zhao Liang and Shen Shaomin documents the situation on the
Chinese border with North Korea and Russia. An analysis of the consequences
of the Mongolian invasion by Genghis Khan on Asiatic culture is compared to
the impact of modern globalisation, in the constant cultural interchange
between East and West.

*"40+4, Art is not enough! Not enough!"
*Concept by* Davide Quadrio and Lothar Spree
Interviews by* Davide Quadrio and Xu Jie

*Questions by:* Lothar Spree, Davide Quadrio, Zhu Xiaowen, Huang Kui, Li
Xuehui, Zhang Enli, Xu Jie.

*Flash-cards designed* by Huang Kui

*Transcription of interviews:*
Chinese – English: Flora Yu , Zhu Xiaowen, Alexia Dehaene
Chinese- Italian: Davide Quadrio,  Stephanie Chauvel

*Captions: *Liu Bailu

*Camera:* Lothar Spree and Zhu Xiaowen

*Film and Entrance Clip's editing: *Zhu Xiaowen

*Entrance Clip's soundtrack: *Hu Zi, "Mars rat", Srammer, 2.30 min. 2007 by
 Hu Zi, Beijing

*Editing Assistants: *Shen Jiamin and Gao Yue

*Post Production: *Zhu Xiaowen and Dirk Schulz

*After effect animation:* Dirk Schulz

*Installation technical support in China: *Alexander Brandt and Dirk Schulz

*Installation design:* Nunzia Carbone, Dedo, Shanghai

Composer: Hu Zi

Musicologist: Francesca Tarocco

*We would like to thanks for the support all the artists:

*Ding Yi, Gong Yan , Gu Wenda, Hu Jieming, Huang Kui, Huang Yuanqing, Lao
Jinfeng, Li Lei, Li Shan, Li Xiangyang, Liang Yue, Liu Dahong, Liu Jianhua,
Lu Chunsheng, Luo Yongjin, Qiu Deshu, Qu Anxiong, Shen Fan, Shi Yong, Song
Haidong, Song Tao, Tang Maohong, Wang Nanming, Wang Tiande, Wang Xingwei,
Xiang Liqing, Xu Zhen, Xulongbao, Yang Fudong, Yang Hui, Yang Zhenzhong, Yu
Xiaofu , Yu Youhan, Zhang Da, Zhang Ding, Zhang Enli,  Zhang Haitian, Zhang
Peicheng, Zhou Tiehai, Zhu Julan and Defne Ayas
*Documentaries about "off" exhibitions in Shanghai:

*"Jinyuan lu 31", "Art For Sale"
*courtesy of Alexander  Brandt and all artists exhibited.
*"Fuck off!",* courtesy of Yang Zhichao and Eastlink Gallery.
*"Fang Mingzhen and Fang Mingzhu"*, courtesy of Alexander  Brandt and all
artists exhibited
*"62761232",* courtesy of all artists exhibited
*"Solo exhibition"* courtesy of Alexander  Brandt and all artists exhibited

*Co-produced by*: Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Firenze

*Tongji University, College of Communication and Art, Shanghai
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