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Extra info for Life and Death: Art and the Body in Contemporary China
This is the very first attempt in Chinese art history in which death is revealed through the artist’s body, both covered up and naked. Works by Wei Guangqing, Lanzhou Art Army, The SHS Group, Huang Yan, Zhu Gang, Zhou Bin and Xing Danwen will be taken into account. The second section will investigate the ways Chinese artists choose dying in the name of art under different contexts. Qi Li’s Ice Burial and Da Zhang’s Suicide are the focus of discussion. These two works show a shift of the role of the body.
73 The display of artworks by these two Thai artists, Boonma and Rasdjarmrearnsook, undeniably inspires the spectators to ponder the pressing notion of living and dying. While the artist struggling to survive searches for healing spiritually, the artist living reveals the materiality of death, the temporal existence of the deceased body. 74 Described as “a man who lived and died for his nation,” the presentation at the national pavilion evidently shows to the audience the way the artist strived hard to record his 21 Life and Death: Art and the Body in Contemporary China own personal bodily movement as well as the collective revolution through the lens and digital means.
Monica Dematté, “Chinese Art at the Venice Biennale: 2 Chinese Art … It’s dAPERTutto,” vol. 2, no. com, 1998–1999 (Hong Kong: New Art Media, 2000), 167–174. Ai Weiwei, one of the Stars artists was invited to exhibit in the Venice Art Biennale in 1999. Personal interview with Ai Weiwei, Beijing, PRC, 1 May 2000. Dematté discusses the two works Ai Weiwei displayed in the Italian pavilion. Francesca dal Lago discusses the issue of Chinese artists exhibiting frequently in the western contexts but seldom for the Chinese public.