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    Ink Media, 2011-2013
    video animation
    3 min 45 sec
    Private collection

     

    Protests, marches, and rallies congregate in the central squares of various cities—this long- standing tradition of street politics is now growing. Spreading rapidly through the Internet, it is activating a virtual square in various social networks, too. These events are heart-wrenching, exhaustive, live-streaming, violent, bloody, and filled with unpredictable scenes. For Ink Media, Chen collected and created images of street movements happening simultaneously around the world on social media. While the artist works in a quiet studio, the world outside is full of vigorous spectacle. Using narratives created by images on rice paper, and the logic of cameras and computers, Chen sees another world—one that runs parallel to our daily lives—through the Internet. This work allows for reflection about political demonstrations through a re-reading of image clusters.

     

    Shaoxiong Chen (1962–2016, China) worked with a range of media, including video, installation, photomontage, painting, performance, and collective action. His pieces increasingly focused on the major challenges faced by Chinese society as a result of globalization. At the same time, he also permitted expressive forms of the past to be recreated and enter into his practice. He often invited members of the public to participate in some of his works, which inspire and share collective memories and ideals related to urban and social change. Major solo exhibitions include The Views (Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2016), Prepared (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2016), CASH IN (Para/Site, Hong Kong, 2008). He also participated in many group exhibitions such as Canton Express: Art of the Pearl River Delta (M+ Museum, Hong Kong, 2017), Jing Shen – The act of painting in contemporary China (Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 2015).