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Guan Xiao: Flattened Metal in association with K11 Art Foundation installation view, photo by Mark Blower

Guan Xiao: Flattened Metal in association with K11 Art Foundation

20 Apr 201619 Jun 2016

Entry with Day Membership.

Working mainly in sculpture and video, Chinese artist Guan Xiao (b.1983) explores how ways of seeing are now influenced by digital image circulation as an increasingly dominant source of knowledge and information exchange. In various works and installations she endeavours to expand the aesthetic and cognitive possibilities for how identity and meaning are assigned and understood.

Discussing Guan Xiao

Xiao’s work is occupied with our incomprehension of the past, and the way in which the unknown gives rise to intriguing discussion in the present. She juxtaposes references from the past and present (or future), weaving visual and audio material (including video clips found on the internet), digital rendering techniques and objects, alongside so-called primitive and high tech elements, creating distinct and evocative installations. In this way, she offers fresh perspectives on what we perceive as the ‘new’ and the ‘old’.

Guan Xiao’s exhibition includes a video triptych and new installation comprising six large printed screens, in front of which are sculptures made up of various materials, including speakers that emit new audio works.

Guan Xiao (b. 1983, Chongqing; lives and works in Beijing) received her BA in Directing at the Communication University of China in 2006 and has exhibited internationally including at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, the V&A Museum, London, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul; the Shanghai Art Museum and the Art Museum of Nanjing University of Art. Selected exhibitions include: the shortlisted exhibition of Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2015; Basic Logic, Antenna Space, Shanghai, 2015, 13th Biennale de Lyon: La vie modern, Lyon, 2015, 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, 2015, From a Poem to the Sunset, New acquisitions of contemporary Chinese and international art, Daimler Contemporary Berlin, 2015; Rare Earth, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2015; Degeneration, ACAF, Sydney, 2014; Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics, M HKA Museum, Antwerp, 2014; Something Happened Like never Happened, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, 2014; Film Section, Basel Hong Kong, Agnes B Cinema, Hong Kong, 2014; Die 8 Wege, Uferhallen, Berlin, 2013; and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, 2013; Difference Engine, Magician Space, Beijing, 2013; China Design Now, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2007; and Floating - New Generation of Art in China, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2007.

With thanks to the Guan Xiao Exhibition Supporters Group, Joyce Liu, Antenna Space, Shanghai, Bruno Wang & Pure Land Foundation, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin

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