M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition | 23 Feb to 5 Apr, 2016 | ArtisTree


Excellent exhibition of recent Chinese art,  showing how Chinese artists responded to the opening up of the arts in the 1980s. 

It was highly educational, showing the movements that developed from the 1970s onwards, and the use of art as social and political criticism and satire, which could be seen as the signs of an increasingly healthy and open society. Till it all changed back again. Single party states cannot bear too much reality. 

 This image by Zhang Huan struck me particularly in terms of process, the accumulation of ink eventually covering the face, thus challenging ideas of heredity (clearly referenced in the title of the work “Family Tree”) and identity, in what seems to be a declaration of profound and shocking change taking place. (The racial overtones could be particularly telling in this cultural context.)


Author: chrisocaprintingblog

Studying visual arts part-time with the Open College of the Arts

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