Until September 25, the Piazza San Marco Gallery in Venice presents the first Italian exhibition by the Xijing Collective, formed by artists Shaoxiong Chen (China), Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Japan) and Gimhongsok (Korea). The group is representative of Asia and has an emerging art project together for five years.
The exhibition, curated by Beatrice Leanza, is part of the residency program for artists that takes place in the atelier of the BLM. In addition, Davide Quadrio, Ayas Define and Rosella Mengazzo assist in the curatorial work.
Shaoxiong Chen was born in Santo, Guangdong Province, China in 1962. Chen is one of the best-known conceptual artists from China. He studied in the printing department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and the Normal School of Art, Guangdong.
In his work Chen plays with perception of the images reflected in photography and video. The intention of this work is to provoke the viewer to look beyond what the eye sees in front of him. Chen´s life and human existence is composed of thousands of looks that are repeated and altered at a time, so no image can be seen in the same way twice. This conceptual view is the one he develops in his videos.
Tsuyoshi Ozawa was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1965. Through his work, he goes into the political and social problems facing humanity today. His concern is placed on diversity in nature despoiled by man and in the wars; hence he uses organic materials in his works which he prepares a meal with and takes pictures with the spectators tasting some of the work.
Ozawa uses interactive spaces where he can work with the viewers of his pieces to start a debate about topics such as war, injustice etc. Among others places, his work has been exhibited at the MoMA in New York, the Biennale in Venice in 2003 and the Biennale in Istanbul in the same year.
Gimhongsok ist a Korean conceptual artist who works with installations, videos, performances, painting and sculpture. He has an interesting relationship to communication. He works with different materials, electronic devices, synthetic materials, with those he creates his interesting architectural structures. The satire in his look on things is directed at the forms of communication within a society that looks at the world through the media.
These 3 artists go on a fictional journey of their works and the limits of the Xijing cartography, a place in China, and play with the symbolic meaning and power of the conjunction of their works.
If you would like to find out more about art from Asia today you should visit this fantastic exhibition.
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So if you happen to go on vacation staying in apartments in Venice come to the Galería Piazza San Marco and enjoy an excellent exhibition.
Translated by: Maria