Sun, 13 November 2011
Curator Tom Rose discusses featured artist Guo Gai's work in the Three Artists exhibition at the Soap Fatcory.
Guo Gai is a photographer, curator, critic and conceptual artist based in Beijing. As a sculptor, he has produced solo exhibitions at Central Fine Arts Institute Gallery (1995) and China Art Gallery (1990). Now in the his 50s he is an artist who, trained in the socialist realism, has lived through the extremes of communism to today’s China, an experiment in authoritarian capitalism. Guo Gai’s photography, with staged images using his own props, family and friends, draws on Chinese culture. Images and characters are abstracted from the opera, traditional theater, socialist realism, missionary Christianity, and then assembled into tableaux that, through this manipulated, mashed-up imagery, explicitly expose the corruption and emptiness at the heart of the new China. At The Soap Factory his photographs will be exhibited at the scale of advertising hoardings or patriotic banners. The photographs will be accompanied by an specially composed choral work, entitled Lament , listing the natural and economic disasters of the last decade in China.
For more information: http://soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=321
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