Bentu: The native soil. In contemporary Chinese art, this term does not connote nationalism. Rather, it represents a dialectical concept that aims to reconcile the “local” and the “global” in a universalist and critical rediscovery of identity. This notion is central to the research of artists, curators and academics in China today.
This exhibition brings together 12 artists of different generations who live on mainland China. Using a wide variety of techniques and media, drawn from both local tradition and culture, as well as newer cutting edge technologies – sometimes associating with or confronting these – the artists reveal the complexities of a society that is in permanent mutation. The works highlight the current state of economy and ecology, and most notably, the transformation of the relationship between the city and the countryside. Questions relating to identity are also addressed.
The choice of works does not seek to show a panorama of the artistic scene in China, but aims to draw attention to the multiform character of the production in the country, which undergoes rapid development and which affirms itself through outstanding individuals, rather than through specific movements.
This is the first exhibition devoted to contemporary Chinese art in France in the past 10 years. It is co-organised with UCCA Center for Contemporary Art of Beijing (UCCA Beijing).
List of artists:
Cao Fei – born in 1978 in Guangzhou. Lives and works in Beijing
Hao Liang – born in 1983 in Chengdu. Lives and works in Beijing
Hu Xiangqian – born in 1983 in Guangdong. Lives and works in Beijing
Liu Chuang – born in 1978 in Hubei. Lives and works in Beijing
Liu Shiyuan – born in 1985 in Beijing. Lives and works in Beijing, China and Copenhagen, Denmark
Liu Wei – born in 1972 in Beijing. Lives and works in Beijing
Liu Xiaodong – born in 1963 in Liaoninng. Lives and works in Beijing
Qiu Zhijie – born in 1969 in Zhangzhou. Lives and works in Beijing and Guangzhou
Tao Hui – born in 1987 in Chongqing. Lives and works in Beijing
Xu Qu – born in 1978 in Nanjing. Lives and works in Beiijing
Xu Zhen – born in 1977 in Shanghai. Lives and works in Shanghai
Yang Fudong – born in 1971 in Beijing. Lives and works in Shanghai