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Ruins:New Video Art and Photography from China

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INSTITUTE OF VISUAL ARTS OPENS RUINS, MARCH 10

Exhibition Explores New Video and Photography from China

The Institute of Visual Arts (Inova) at the UWM Peck School of the Arts opens its third exhibition of the spring cycle, RUINS, on Friday, March 10, 2006 from 6:00-9:00 pm in Gallery One, 3253 North Downer Avenue. Guest curator Zhang Zhaohui begins a gallery talk at 6:30 pm. The opening is sponsored by the Organization of Chinese Americans-Wisconsin. Mr. Zhang and artists Ma Yongfeng and Liu Jin will be in residence at the Peck School of the Arts from March 6 through March 12. The show remains open through May 14. Gallery hours are noon-5:00 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. (Please see attached Fact Sheet for details and information on other exhibitions in the Peck School of the Arts this spring.)

RUINS, an exhibition of new video and photography from China curated by Zhang Zhaohui, directly addresses the tension between a rapidly developing and urbanizing society and its traditional history and culture. This exhibition brings together the work of fourteen artists from Mainland China and Macau: Chen Qingqing, Chen Qiulin, the Gao Brothers, Huang Yan, Li Luming, Li Wei, Liu Jin, Liu Wei, Ma Yongfeng, Ng Fong Chao, Sheng Qi, Xing Danwen, Zhang Dali, and Zhang Wei. Created with readily accessible new media, their photographic and video works document and comment upon bewildering changes, each telling a truth about contemporary China.

After nearly three decades of development, the Chinese contemporary art scene has reached a new stage. Recent Chinese art is winning international recognition and the number of gifted, self-assured and globally conscious emerging artists has grown to a steady stream. These younger artists have grown up in the midst of remarkable social transitions and a remaking of the urban environment; they are also making work in a country that is, because of its rapid and extensive economic development, at the center of the global gaze. China's attitude towards its past?historical, spiritual, and material?is also under construction, and the tension between past and present suffuses the work of the artists whose work is included in Ruins.

Many works in the exhibition reflect the artists' deep concern with the uncertainty of a fast-changing society, their anxiety about deteriorating environmental conditions, their implicit criticism of the corrupt political system, and their aspirations for a freer and brighter world. Their work mirrors a world defined by physical, cultural and spiritual destruction; in it we see not only demolished buildings but the ruins of traditional culture, patriotism, and revolutionary ideals. Like many of China's younger artists, the artists in this exhibition are picking through the debris of their country's recent and distant past and considering the possibility of building a new cultural identity on these ruins.
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