ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊
中文

Safe House A
XU ZHEN® 徐震®
2012
Tent poles and fabric
320(H)*210(W)*140cm
Edition of 10 + 1AP
MI_7308

At first glance, the main body of the installation shows a camping tent consisting of a frame of poles and windproof ropes, with sheets of orange and black fabric draped over, suggesting a strong sense of vigilance. However, a pair of Latin crosses erected prominently on top of the structure is almost indisputably pointing at a Christian church. A product by MadeIn Company, Safe House A exemplifies so-called spectacle of “faith”. Within this beloved feast of commodity fetishism, a tent as such is convenient to be carried around, removed at any time and quickly folded and unfolded, providing tentatively a spiritual home with the least sense of security. Inherent temporariness of tent, and eternity and authority of faith both consolidate and erode each other, rendering the whole installation mildly absurd and frustratingly ineffective.

Sachiel Yuu in October 2013 (Translated by Andrea Keller and Sachiel Yuu)

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Related Exhibitions:
The Spectacle of the Spectacles ShanghART Singapore, Singapore 12.20, 2013 -03.03, 2014
The Unseen: Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Grandview Mall, Guangdong 09.28, 2012 -12.16, 2012