Zhuang Hui “Qilian Range” at Galleria Continua
For Zhuang Hui, being in nature always meant being outside of society, allowing him to contemplate something much older and larger than man. It was not only the restrictions placed upon society by an authoritarian political system that made him feel constrained, but the creative restraints that he had perhaps inadvertently constructed by himself that was central to his condition. Perhaps the mountains he had seen growing up in Yumen were the best place to start – the Qilian mountain range.
In 2011, Zhuang Hui started to make new work that came out of his visits to the Qilian Mountains. Nearly all the works contained in Zhuang Hui: Qilian Range were made during his trips to the mountain range between 2011 and 2016. The works displayed in the main exhibition hall at Galleria Continua can be understood as a microcosm of Zhuang’s experiences in the mountains. Meanwhile, two videos showing Zhuang performing the act of ‘drawing from nature’ will dominate the first floor, and the third floor will serve as space for the artist’s personal homage to the strange indigenous culture of the region. The exhibition Zhuang Hui: Qilian Range is the first step in a long-term project engaging ideas of landscape.