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Hu Xiangqian

Chinese, b. 1983

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Hu Xiangqian

Chinese, b. 1983

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Hu Xiangqian disagrees with being categorized as a performance artist—he thinks both “performer” and “actor” are more appropriate terms to describe his performance and video practice. Hu, who never formally studied theater or film, says: “I lend my body to a story.” Hu also was influenced by the teachings of Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on the subject of boredom. Hu’s pieces draw on current events, popular culture, or biographical experiences as sources. For example, one of his best-known works, Blue Flags Everywhere (2004), documents his humorous campaign for mayor of his hometown at the age of 21. Hu tends to make humorously absurd narratives, with themes of uncertainty, social perception, and cultural identity.

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UCCA, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Biography

Hu Xiangqian disagrees with being categorized as a performance artist—he thinks both “performer” and “actor” are more appropriate terms to describe his performance and video practice. Hu, who never formally studied theater or film, says: “I lend my body to a story.” Hu also was influenced by the teachings of Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on the subject of boredom. Hu’s pieces draw on current events, popular culture, or biographical experiences as sources. For example, one of his best-known works, Blue Flags Everywhere (2004), documents his humorous campaign for mayor of his hometown at the age of 21. Hu tends to make humorously absurd narratives, with themes of uncertainty, social perception, and cultural identity.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
UCCA, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Baltic Triennial
Articles Featuring Hu Xiangqian
Curator and Art Advisor Robin Peckham on the Heartbeat of Hong Kong
May 20th, 2013
Curator and Art Advisor Robin Peckham on the Heartbeat of Hong Kong
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