Yishu - Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art

Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, November 15 – April 6, 2015

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Tradition in Chinese contemporary art is transformed by individual experiences, contemporary challenges and present-day concerns. Unscrolled features three generations of Chinese artists who have been trained in both Western art history and Chinese tradition and who engage with their cultural past as a continuation into the contemporary. The exhibition moves from literal depictions of traditional culture to more ambiguous representations that are equally influenced by Chinese heritage. From new media forms such as digital animations to site-specific installations, it features work by artists Ai Weiwei, Chen Shaoxiong, Ji Yun Fei, Liu Jianhua, Jennifer Wen Ma, MadeIn Company, Qiu Shihua, Sun Xun, Xu Bing and Zhang Enli. Defining tradition as an evolving concept, Unscrolled examines and questions its influence on visual culture in present-day China.

This exhibition presents a diverse selection of Chinese contemporary artists whose practices are informed by their cultural heritage. Re-working traditional aesthetics in conceptual ways, featured artists use new forms and media–such as digital animations and site–specific installations–to provide a myriad of means to understand and examine tradition’s influence on visual culture in present–day China.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, co-published with Black Dog Publishing, that features new photography and essays by Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis and Zheng Shengtian, Yishu managing editor.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and co-curated by Diana Freundl, Assistant Curator, and Carol Lu, Beijing art critic.

On View: November 15, 2014 to April 6, 2015

Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo (top): Sun Xun, Ancient Film, 2012, installation at Liverpool Biennale, 2012, ink mural and video installation. Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery.

For more info, please visit: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_unscrolled.html

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