Everyday Miracles: China Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale
Shanghai Wenyi Chubanshe
This catalogue was published on the occasion of China's participation in the 52nd Venice Biennale. For the exhibition, curator Hou Hanru has invited four female artists, Shen Yuan, Yin Xiuzhen, Kan Xuan and Cao Fei to create new and site-specific projects. Shen Yuan proposes to create a new installation in the Virgini Garden entitled le Premiere Voyage. Consisting of enlarged milk bottles and pacifiers, and a video showing documentaries of the first trips made by adopted children to the West, she explores an increasingly frequent phenomenon in the age of global communication and migration. Yin Xiuzhen names her work Arsenale after its site. She installs in the petrol warehouse (Cisterne Building) with over 100 pieces of "Weapon TV Towers" to create a real "Armoury". Using the venue of the petrol warehouse in a radically decreet way, Kan Xuan shows a selection of her most significant video works on flat screen monitors and projection. Cao Fei's project manifests the fact that thousands of youngsters are deeply addicted to the virtual world created on the internet. The immensely popular online game "Second Life" provides them with a "3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents".
The present catalogue includes artist biographies and interviews by Evelyne Jouanno, Eungie Joo, Bianca Visser and Carolee Thea.
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