Gao Yi 高懿（b.1993,Guangan, Sichuan, China）
Huang Qibai 黄齐白（b.1992, Hanchuan, Hubei, China）
Hu Jiayi 胡佳艺（b.1993, Xinjiang, China）
Tang Wanlu 唐婉璐（b.1991, Chengdu, Sichuan, China）
Wang Weisi 王维思（b.1988, Chongqing, Sichuan, China）
Xin Xing 行行（b.1988, Henan, China）
Yi Yuxiao 易雨潇（b.1989, Chengdu, Sichuan, China）
Zhao Kun 赵坤（b.1990, Henan, China）
Zhang Xiaotao 张小涛（b. 1970, Hechuan, Chongqing, China）
Presented by the New Media Department of The Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, and curated by Zhang Xiaotao, the Department’s co-founder, the original Chinese title of the exhibition “Ice Blade” is taken from the Chinese idiom “Ice is made of water, but colder than water”. Ice, barely seen, is born from water, possessing an overwhelming force and strength - greater than water.
In this exhibition, a new generation of millennial artists grapple with the dilemmas faced in fast-changing Chinese society, from wide ranging perspectives of the body, rhetoric, spectacle, globalization, personal experience to micro-politics. How can we go beyond feminism? How can we transcend localized experience? How can we unveil peculiar relationships between bodily experience and inherited knowledge? Today’s artists create not only images, but also knowledge. Art, as a means to move in society, using visual language to translate the spirit of such engagement. Art, as a medium of social intervention. Art, as a site for interactive relationships.
The artists hope this exhibition will serve as a starting point, a place to define their own intervention paradigms, and to establish their own methodology, logic and symbolic systems. “Cultivating art as a belief”, they argue, “We can open up a future with art as a tool for organizing one’s life”.
In their view, contemporary art produces not only images but also a knowledge base. “Image”, as a tool for characterizing discursive thought, as well as a platform for determining one’s place in society. Image creation is itself performance, and moreover an appendage of reality. Image is text. Image is politics. What then is eventually the destiny of image?
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