Out of the Box - The Threshold of Video Art in China (1984-1998)
In the last decade of the 20th century, in need of breaking out the boundaries of the society and its restrictive conventions, 14 Chinese artists created series of works, which form the body of this exhibition. Taking the video camera as the new artistic medium, these artists stepped outside of their studio and shifted their focuses on the subjects around. This transformation had provided a cutting-edged perspective for Chinese art, which hasn’t lost its relevance but become even more vital in the status quo.
Most of the artists in this exhibition are figures that cannot be ignored when ‘Chinese Modern and Contemporary art’ is addressed today, but their avant-garde experiments in the earlier stage are far from being well-known. Some of the works have never been shown to the public. By collecting, reorganizing and showcasing these works together with others, the situation when Chinese artists just started to pick up the video cameras and shoot has been reenacted. Archival images and documentaries are supplemented. Furniture of bureaucratic style from the period of central planned economy visually conjures the collective memories of that time. 11 bookmarks of keywords can be collected if one finds it interesting to explore the concepts while wandering around the show.