Current Exhibitions

    • Date
      June 9 to August 26, 2018
    • Artist
      Cai Longfei, Cui Kaimin, Guo Haiqiang, Guo Tao, Guo Fengyi, He Tianqi, Hu Yun, Pan Jian, Pan Xu, Shi Hengbo, Wang Chao, Xie Sichong, Yang Shuangqing, Ye Su, Yan Zhou, Zhang Yaqian
    • Curator
      Yang Xi
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Mapping the City: A Vision of History and Xi’an

Using the geographical change of the city as the axis of the exhibition, “Mapping the City: A Vision of History and Xi’an” unfolds like a novel, divided into five chapters, each of which is focused on a specific change that occurred within a different historical period. The full “novel” introduces the rich image of this ancient city of Xi’an, in which “Xi’an” is seen not only as a simple regional concept, but one that carries all elements of a reality that belongs to the past that is within the present. The reality can be a metaphor, prophecy, story, or spark of inspiration. Through the works and practices of artists included here, the exhibition taps into abundant historic resources and more recent opportunities offered by newer changes, which together generate an intense feeling that this city is both a place and an imaginative space.
The geographical change that has occurred in Xi’an is actually a translation of the impact of local history. We take historical relics and review them consistent with the current judgment of history, asking if we can use contemporary art forms to explore historical influences that are impacting the new reality. Can this evoke both the anxiety towards and imagining of the future?
 “Mapping the City” involves a number of artists new to OCAT Xi’an who in each of the five chapter, together with those artists who participated in OCAT’s Xi’an Showcase programme over the past two years, will create a dialogue of specific backgrounds and new ideas, which will add an intertextual relation to the city’s geography.
       The five chapters are “Witchcraft and the Mind”, “Ruins and the Past”, “Landscape and Scenery”, “Stories from the Street” and “Towards the Future? Back to the Past?”. The narrative of each chapter combines historical backgrounds, allegories and textual research on the changes of the city and the expression of the works. Setting “Xi’an” as a framework of great history and culture helps immerse the audience in an imagining of that history. In the face of globalization today, we re-emphasize the importance of local observation, instead of simply processing a visual index. If works lack a substantial dialogue with local culture, regardless of when and where, everything becomes meaningless.
 
 
About the Artists
· Cai Longfei was born in 1987. Currently he works and lives in Xi’an. In 2016, Cai Longfei was attended the first project of OCAT Xi’an Showcase: “The Test Case | Cai Longfei”. His works have also been exhibited at Aura Gallery, Shanghai (2018); Xi’an Art Museum (2017); Art Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (2017); Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (2016).
· Cui Kaimin was born in Xianyang in 1988. Currently he lives and works in Xi’an and studies at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts for a Master degree. His works have been exhibited at “Fishing Town International New Media Festival”, Chongqing (2018); OCAT Xi’an Showcase (2017); Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts Museum (2017); CAFA Art Museum (2017) and C-space (2016).
· Guo Haiqiang was born in Shaanxi Province in 1980. He graduated from Sculpture Department of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. Currently he works and lives in Xi’an. His solo exhibitions include “Fengyukou, Qin Mountains”, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, 2017; “Tempo, Space & Gravity”, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, 2015. His works have also been exhibited at OCAT Xi’an (2016); Hua Mao, Nanjing (2014); Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (2014).
· Guo Tao graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 1994. Now he is associate professor of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts.
· Guo Fengyi (1942-2010, Xi’an) was a self-trained female artist whose artistic practice articulates a particular journey of spiritual and metaphysical significance, belonging to an older generation whose embrace of Chinese folk culture imparts a unique knowledge of history, myth and mystery. Her works on paper are composed of finely controlled brushwork that blend and weave into a composition of lustrous images; suggestions of both human figure and otherworldly beings.
· He Tianqi was born in Xi’an in 1990. He graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in 2016. He was invited to visit Chinese culture center in Paris, France in 2013. Currently he works and lives in Xi’an. His solo exhibitions include “Universe Creation”, OCAT Xi’an Showcase (2016). His works have also been exhibited at the art institutions in Xi’an (2018), London (2016).
· Hu Yun was born in 1986 in Shanghai, Hu Yun currently based in Belgrade and Shanghai. In his practice, Hu Yun revisits historical moments in order to provide alternative readings, a process that also informs the artist’s self-reflection on his native and personal ties. His selected solo exhibitions include Up to the Sky (Magician Space, Beijing , 2010); Image of Nature ( Natural History Museum, London, 2010); Our Ancestors (Goethe Institut, Shanghai, 2012); Lift with Care (Aike Dellarco Gallery, Shanghai, 2013) and Narration Sickness (Aike Dellarco Gallery, Shanghai, 2016). His works have also been exhibited at the Power Station of Art (Shanghai), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Times Museum (Guangzhou). Hu Yun has participated in the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012), 4th Guangzhou Triennial (2012) and 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016). He is the co-founder of art e-journal PDF.
· Pan Jian was born in 1975. He graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. Currently he lives and works in Beijing and Xi’an. His solo exhibitions have been present at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2013, 2015, 2017); Today Art Museum, Beijing (2010) and Gallery Beijing Space (2008). His works have also been exhibited at Triumph Gallery, Beijing (2017); Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai (2016); Pearl Lam Gallery, Singapore (2015) and Jing Gallery (2014).
· Pan Xu was born in Gansu in 1983. He graduated from print-making department in Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts and has been a faculty of print-making department since 2007. Currently he lives and works in Xi’an. His solo exhibitions include “The Starry Sky”, OCAT Xi’an Showcase (2016); “Pan Xu’s Creation”, Xi’an (2013). His works have been exhibited at “The Auckland Art Fair (AAF)/ Young Artists Foundation”, Oakland, New Zealand; “Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper:A Review”, Ipswich Art Gallery, England in 2018; “Selected by 22th National printmaking exhibition”, Tongliao; “Breaking The Barrier - Xi’an Contemporary Art Exhibition”; “Print in China” China Youth Prints Exhibition in Beijing in 2017.
· Shi Hengbo was born in Qianyang, Shanxi in 1981. Graduated from the oil painting department of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 with a BA. His solo exhibitions include “Shi Hengbo”, Magician Space, Beijing (2016); “Remembrances | Shi Hengbo”, OCAT Xi’an Showcase (2016); “Rainbow”, Xi’an (2012); “Good Luck”, Xi’an (2010). His works have been exhibited at the art institutions in Beijing, Xi’an, Shijiazhuang, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Venice, Los Angeles and Korea.
· Wang Chao was born in 1986. He graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts with a MA in 2013. Currently he works and lives in Xi’an. His solo exhibitions include “In a Breath: Wang Chao’s Exhibition”, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing (2016); “Transition | Wang Chao”, OCAT Xi’an Showcase (2017); His works have also been exhibited at Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (2013); China Arts Museum, Shanghai (2013); Today Art Museum, Beijing (2015); China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou (2016); Xi’an Art Museum (2017).
· Sichong Xie was born in Xi’an. She now lives and works in Los Angeles. Xie received an MFA in Photography and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. Recently she received 2018 full fellowship at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME.
· Yang Shuangqing was born in Xi’an in 1982. He graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. Currently he lives and works in Xi’an. His solo exhibitions include “Changan a Month”, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei (2013); “Five Tastes Crossing | Yang Shuangqing”, OCAT Xi’an Showcase (2016). His works have also been exhibited at Telescope Artist Studio, Beijing (2017); Xi’an Contemporary Art Gallery; He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen and Chen Linghui Contemporary Art Center, Beijing.
· Ye Su (Zhang Fan) was born 1983 in Shaoxing, Zhejiang. Graduated from Experimental Art Department, Central Academy of Fine Art with a MA in 2010. Mainly engaged in painting, writing, residence and multimedia art. Currently he lives and works in Beijing. His solo Exhibitions include “Cooland”, (Hutong , Beijing, 2017); “Scrutinize ‘Ling’, Space Regeneration (Tianjin, 2016) ; “2017, the Office Space ” (Beijing, 2016) ; “Y-axis ,Yalow Ants Artistic Laboratory Project Solo Exhibition” (55 Gallery, Shanghai, 2013); Printing industry (55 Gallery, Shanghai, 2012); The situation (55 Gallery, Shanghai, 2011). His works have also been exhibited at Cipa Gallery, Beijing (2018); Taikang space, Beijing (2017); Bataisi Hutong museum, Beijing (2017); “Suture-A Collection of Poetry by Dorm-UCCA, Beijing (2017); Space Local, Beijing (2017); Taikang space, Beijing (2017).
· Yan Zhou was born in Xi’an in 1986. Graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. Currently he works and lives in Beijing and Xi’an. Yan Zhou’s works has been presented in Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Today Art Museum, Times Art Museum, Beijing, OCAT Xi’an and Berlin University of the Arts. As a photographer, he also active in many exhibitions and events in China in recently years.
· Zhang Yaqian was born in Gansu province. He graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts with a MA of Printmaking in 2009. The same year, he was stay in the school and now he was a teacher in the Department of Experimental Arts. His direction of creation and research: Contemporary Art.
 
 
About the Curator
 
Yang Xi, independent curator, writer, and art history researcher. He graduated from the art history department of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts with master degree in 2015, now he was continually working on a PhD in visual culture and art criticism in Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Xi’an.
 
 
To their valuable help for summer exhibitions, OCAT Xi’an sincerely thanks Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing; Long March Space, Beijing; and Lu Jie at Magician Space, Beijing. Aike Dellarco, Shanghai; Triumph Gallery, Beijing; Banana Art Space, Nanjing; Cipa Gallery, Beijing; Mocube Gallery, Beijing, and Zong Long for ongoing support of the Xi’an Showcase project
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