REVIEW: Sun Xun @ Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Aug 26, 2014 6:51AM

Chinese artists like Ai Weiwei and Guo Jian face censorship issues in their native country for their politically sensitive artworks. In contrast, emerging contemporary artist Sun Xun was able to subtly express his political stance and managed to elude censorship in “Brave New World,” his solo show at Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong. During the two-month exhibition period, which started in May, the ingenious artist used ink art, pastel sketches and animation to challenge the Chinese government’s “official” account of its own history and also to provoke viewer’s thoughts on these issues.

Named after a classic novel written by Aldous Huxley in 1931, which narrates an imaginative future where free will and individuality are traded for social stability, “Brave New World” acted as a continuity of this story. The exhibition explored the power struggles in our society—seeing it as a world controlled by governments and technology. Covering a relatively dark and serious topic of real-life dystopia, Sun presented his version of “truth” and reality to the public and encouraged viewers to have different interpretations of his ideas.