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China China China!!! CCCS, Strozzina Contemporary Culture Center

CCCS, Strozzina Contemporary Culture Center, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Phone: +39 055 2776461
Fax: +39 055 2646560
Contact: Franziska Nori

from 21 march 2007 to 4 May 2008
Daily: 11,00 - 20,30. Closed Monday

from 21 march 2007 to 4 May 2008
CCCS, Strozzina Contemporary Culture Center, Florence (Italy)

CHINA CHINA CHINA!!!, will present the work of 18 contemporary Chinese
artists from three different cities- Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou  - who are
all seeking to define a new cultural identity unfettered by the rules of the
global market. A publication (published by Silvana Editoriale) and a series
of lectures are planned with the exhibition.
This event ties in with the exhibition on the first floor of Palazzo
Strozzi, devoted to the Tang dynasty, universally recognised as a high point
in Chinese civilisation and central to the Chinese Renaissance.

The aim of the CCCS, under the direction of Franziska Nori, is to approach
the much discussed "China phenomenon" from a different point of view. That's
why the project is entrusted to three young Chinese curators:
- Davide Quadrio, founder and director of BizArt in Shanghai, the first and
only self-supported and non-profit cultural organisation in China, also
active in The In-Between, a network of alternative art spaces in Europe and
- Li Zhenhua founder of the independent Art Lab in Beijing, artist and
promoter of the new media art in China;
- Zhang Wei director of Vitamin Creative Space Contemporary Art in

They are all based and operate in different parts of China, sharing a
commitment to consolidate an independent critical platform supporting
artistic production in China. They want art going beyond official boundaries
and not bounded by the art market rules. Art that represents the complex
reality of a contemporary China in the process of an historical change and
cultural transformation.
The exhibition presents a lively interchange between the curators' three
sections, representing three distinct but complementary attitudes and

Zhang Wei presents in "Throwing Dice" 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

"Art is not enough, not enough!," is a multimedia installation in the Davide
Quadrio's section produced by the CCCS and presented as a world premiere. It
draws on interviews made by the curator with forty different artists in
Shanghai, asked about the role of the artist, their relationship with the
external world, the social consequences of their work and the international
market effects on traditional artistic production modes. It offers a dynamic
anthropological insight into the urban panorama of modern Shanghai.

The focus of "Multi-Archeology", the section curated by Li Zhenhua is the
geo-political identity and cultural relativism. 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 concerning 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.

21 March - 4 May 2008
Daily: 11,00 - 20,30. Closed Monday
Tickets: € 5,00 (valid for five admissions in 1 month, including lectures),
€ 4,00 schools
€ 10,00 entrance Strozzina  + exhibition China: at the Court of the Emperors
Catalogue Silvana Editoriale

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