Disorientation: an exhibition of the work of seven Chinese photographers and video artists, most of whom are currently active in Beijing. Widely divergent in style, the work on display shows an acute awareness of the most recent developments in photography and photo-based work in Europe and America at the same time as it reflects galvanic changes in the daily life of contemporary China.

Ten years ago, at the height of the Political Pop and Cynical Realism movements, most young artists still worked in the traditional medium of oil on canvas but for the next generation other means of expression - notably photography, assemblage, installation and performance art - became more relevant to the contemporary situation.

Among the artists in this exhibition, Hong Lei is the most attached to traditional Chinese themes - in his case the paintings of flowers, birds and landscapes from the Song Dynasty - but his still-life and landscape photographs show how far modern China has moved from the concerns of China's golden age. Zhao Liang and Han Lei reveal an unexpected poetry in their photographs of the cities and landscape of China today as it undergoes the most rapid transformation in its history while He An focuses on the poignant contrasts between the living conditions of the disadvantaged and the dream world of international ad-campaigns.

He Yunchang and Ma Han document their own very different performances, while Zhou Jing uses figures of dolls, greatly enlarged and dramatically lit, in her exploration of issues of gender and childhood innocence.

Referring to the coexistence of widely divergent world-views in contemporary China - from the traditional to the most advanced - the critic Zhan Li believes that it is difficult to avoid a feeling of disorientation. In their different ways, the seven artists in this exhibition respond to the changing world in which they live.

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前波画廊将于2001年5月24日举办群展《错觉时态: 中国当代摄影与录影》。本次展览将呈现近几年中国摄影和录影方面较为活跃的七位艺术家, 他们大都生活在北京。就好像当代的美国和欧洲艺术家,对摄影或以拍照为基础的各种形式的作品作出进一步的发展,在这个高速发展的过程中,中国艺术家们也敏锐地察觉并记录了日常生活的图景。

十年前是政治波普和讽刺现实主义的高峰。当许多艺术家还在运用传统油画技术创作时,新一代的艺术家开始使用其他手法,比如摄影,装置艺术,行为艺术等等。这些表现形式与现代的处境相互反应。

这次群展中的艺术家,洪磊最依恋于中国传统艺术的主题。他的作品重现了中国宋代的山水和花鸟画,并运用凄凉和萧瑟的情绪怀念逝去的美感经验和人生态度。赵亮和韩磊拍摄了意想不到的当代中国城市在迅速转变的图景。而何岸的作品涉及到了城市中的边缘人物,以在街头乞讨为生的残障者与运动名牌形成鲜明对比。

何云昌和马晗记录了自己不同的行为,周靖的强光照射下的玩具娃娃表现了她对视觉化的性别与生命的象徵意义的敏感。

策展人张离认为,在当代中国社会中,传统与高度现代化并存,“错觉”是难以避免的。这七位艺术家用不同的表现手法,表达了他们对中国社会转型的回答。

*前波画廊为此展览出版了展览图录

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