Chen Qiulin: The Empty City, ART HK 12, booth No.1X4, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
16 May 2012 14:00hrs – 17:00hrs
Collectors’ and Press Preview ( for invited guests only)
17:00hrs – 21:00hrs
Vernissage (for invited guests or reservations )
17 May 2012 – 19 May 2012 12:00hrs – 19:00hrs
20 May 2012 12:00hrs – 17:00hrs
Chen Qiulin (1975 born in Yichang City, Hubei Province) is China's younger generation of outstanding artists, whose works concerned about the social impact from China's political and economic reforms. Chen Qiulin constantly summarizes and visualizes the status quo and various conflicts arising from the challenges of modern life to the traditional value system, and put the personal growth experience and memory into the works, which are expressed in a sensitive artistic language and shifty media and materials. Chen Qiulin works include video, images, installations and sculptures, including a variety of media, Her creation has been always in a constant state of development and promote, in the frequently discussed issues new ideas and perspectives been introduced, and with a unique sensitivity to the social issues, and puts forward a strong doubt on the process and ambitions of social development.
Chen Qiulin grew up in Chongqing Wanzhou City, most of which was submerged in 2003 by the Yangtze River Three Gorges Project. Because of Three Gorges Project, a million residents has to migrate, and left their hometown lived for generations. What her famous work "migration" consider is the physical and psychological impact from the program to the people. Emotional turmoil caused by displaced people and people’s recognition of cultural values has been the object of Chen’s investigation.
The new plan first presented in ART HK 12 is The Empty City, which is a series work created when she was back to her hometown Wanzhou City in Chongqing. The seven screen video in this program is composed of seven related and independent fragments, “about memory, about life, about the city, about absurdity, about constrain, about dream, about reality and about me in another body, it is the first time I face to myself, which is real, messy, and complicated.” (By Chen Qiulin)
And there is a group of sculptures presented in The Empty City, the main material of which is still the wastepaper, which has been used a lot by Chen Qiulin in recent years. The waste paper was collected all over, including the artist’s textbooks in adolescence, waste paper in living and working, and partly are the students textbooks collected in earthquake zone Wenchuan, waste paper collected on the video-recording scene. The artist has made the wastepaper into paper pulp, and reshape the heroic images in her memory.
In recent years, Chen Qiulin participated THIS IS NOT FOR YOU: Sculptural Discourses, T-BA21 Collection Collection (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria, 2006-2007), The 7th Gwangju Biennale (The 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea, 2008), APT6（APT6, Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2009-2010, Australia, China Power Station Part II, Ⅲ, Ⅳ(China Power StationⅡ、Ⅲ、Ⅳ, 2007-2010), "The Wall: Two Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition" (Beijing - New York) , Moving Image in China: 1988-2011 (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2011) , Yi Pai - Century Thinking (Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2009) , DISPLACEMENT: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art (Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2008 Salt Lake Art Centre, 2009 Nasher Museum of Duke University, 2010, USA) and a series of important international and domestic exhibitions, including a number of influential solo exhibitions in Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MAX PROTETCH Gallery, Long March Space. Her work has been collected by many important art galleries, collections and private collectors in the United States and Europe, such as Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Norway), T-BA21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Austria), Hammer Museum (America), Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), Sondra Gilman Collection (America).
In 2006, Asian Cultural Council (ACC) presented the annual grant, Chen Qiulin is the only Chinese artist who got the honor; In 2008, she and seven outstanding women from other different areas got JP Morgan First Asian World Women Forum Rising Talents Programme Nominee; In 2009, she received the award nominations by the French Consulate to give teaching in Nice contemporary Art Center College of the Arts; the same year, Chen Qiulin also got the fourth AAC annual Art of China's annual influence young artists nomination; Chen Qiulin was also invited by the China Institute (New York), Columbia University, Duke University, Na Shier Museum, University of Manchester, UK Whitworth Art Gallery, Asian Women's Fund and other organizations to speak on the exchange .
Chen Qiulin now lives and works in Chengdu and Beijing.
Chen Qiulin, Marshals·Nie Rongzhen, Wastepaper, Sculpture, 120×123×65cm, 2012
Chen Qiulin, Marshals·Lin Biao, Wastepaper Sculpture, 118×120 ×67cm, 2012
Chen Qiulin, Marshals·He Long, Wastepaper, Sculpture, 122×123×65cm, 2012
Chen Qiulin, The Empty City No.1, Photograph, Giclee Print, 117.8×151cm, 2012
Chen Qiulin, The Empty City No.2, Photograph, Giclee Print, 151×117.8cm, 2012
Chen Qiulin, The Empty City No.3, Photograph, Giclee Print, 117.8×151cm, 2012
Chen Qiulin, The Empty City No.4, Photograph, Giclee Print, Diameter 65cm, 2012
Chen Qiulin, The Empty City No.5, Photograph, Giclee Print, Diameter 65cm, 2012
Exhibition hall entrance