Apr 17

THE THIRTEEN: CHINESE VIDEO NOW

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The talented and enterprising Sun Ning (AKA Natalie Sun) is at it again. Her recently opened art center, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, together with David Thorpe, has just put together a line-up of some of China's most interesting video artists, including: 8gg, Cui Xiuwen, Dong Wensheng, Cao Fei, Hu Jieming, Huang Xuaopeng, Li Songhua, Liang Yu, Lu Chunsheng, Ma Yongfeng, Meng Jin, Xu Tan and Xu Zhen for a show at the PS1 in New York. What is most exciting is that the exhibit represents another step in the direction of weaning the West of its fetish with exoticized political symbols, showing that the creative and thematic diversity of new media Chinese contemporary art goes far beyond simply replicating the same "big head" oil paintings ad nauseum. Highlights include Cui Xiuwen's visually subtle and conceptually disturbing "Toot;" Cao Fei's "Cosplayers," which explores the escapist fantasy world of China's urban youth; and Ma Yongfeng's hypnotic and controversial "The Swirl," which meditates on the modern sense of helplessness in the face of senseless abuse, and the futility of resistance, using a fifteen minute shot of six goldfish (Chinese symbols of prosperity) trapped in the whirlpool of an upright washing machine as it mechanically goes through its various cycles, oblivious to the suffering of the fish.

THE THIRTEEN: CHINESE VIDEO NOW
PS1, New York
February 26 - April 24 2006

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