This is a set of three images. Framed. Frame size 63 x 43" x 3" ea artwork.
Cui Xiuwen's works have always been focused discussing gender issues and social commentary. She earned her position in contemporary art being the first Chinese artist to be invited to exhibit at Tate Modern in Britain, in 2004. Her works are collected by major museums internationally.
“One Day in 2004” series are Cui Xiuwen‘s autobiographical works. The series builds on earlier themes surrounding the relationship between society, sexuality, and the female body by incorporating elements of Cui’s childhood memories. The artist employed a model who resembled her as a youth, dressed her in crisp, and in the case of “One Day in 2004,” cultural revolution-inspired clothing, and captures her dwarfed by the architecture of the Forbidden City, or multiplied into a self-constructed landscape. In both instances, the impression is at once familiar and innocent and forbidding.
About the Artist
Cui Xiuwen was born in 1970 in Harbin, China. She attended the Fine Arts School of Northeast Normal University and graduated in 1990, and went on to study at China's Central Academy of Fine Arts and received her Masters of Fine Arts in 1996. She currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
As a multimedia artist investigating the realms of human sexuality and spirituality. Cui Xiuwen's work has always been focused discussing gender issues and social commentary. She earned her position in contemporary art being the first Chinese artist to be invited to exhibit at Tate Modern in Britain, in 2004. Her works are collected by major museums internationally.
Cui's experimentations with photography, video, and painting are considerations of the self and soul as simultaneously subject and object. An important creative figure in China's contemporary landscape, Cui's contribution to the arts is recognized in her participation as the first Chinese artist to be invited to exhibit at Tate Britain, in 2004.
Image rights: Owner and Gallery
E-Moderne Gallerie, Philadelphia, PA USA
About Cui Xiuwen
The photographic world of Cui Xiuwen is filled with women. They are seen in secretly shot videos nervously fidgeting with their lipstick on the subway, or fixing each other’s hair as they chat in a nightclub bathroom (viewers later find out that the women in the club are actually prostitutes arranging dates). In her photographic series “Angel”, a schoolgirl dwarfs the Forbidden City, while a pregnant woman lies before a contemporary building site and an army of girls moves like a phalanx of sleepwalkers. There’s a similar dreamlike quality to her series “Existential Emptiness”, in which she digitally inserts herself and a doll-like alter ego into spare monochromatic landscapes inspired by Chinese ink painting.
Chinese, b. 1970, Harbin, China, based in Beijing, China