Art Radar | “Captive of Love”: exploring urbanity with Danwen Xing at Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing
Drawing its title from French writer Jean Genet’s Un Captif Amoureux, the exhibition looks at Danwen Xing’s personal relationships with herself, her peers and her city.
Art Radar takes a look at the highlights of the exhibition, running until 29 October 2017.
Curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh, whose curatorial practice often involves in-depth explorations of contemporary Chinese art, Danwen Xing‘s solo exhibition at Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing is one of the biggest to date. Boasting a range of photography, installations and videos, as well as never-before-seen works, “Captive of Love” is a poignant and personal look at the urban environment of China, and the human relationships that develop within it. Taking us through a myriad of scenes that unfold in and around the buildings that make up the city, Danwen Xing’s works construct narratives of urban life in the city.
Now known as one of the few pioneering artists that began experimenting with the photographic medium, the Xi’an-born artist began her photographic practice in the late 1980s. Her early works began grappling with issues of femininity and sexuality, with the black and white series I am a Woman (1994-1996) and Born with Cultural Revolution (1995) counted as some of her earlier photographic works. Xing’s artistic practice has since developed, later including installation and video works. Alongside that expansion in medium is also the range of issues that she engages with in her works. In this exhibition, Xing deals with the urban sprawl of the city, closely examining the ways in which it now affects our lives and relationships. Identity renegotiation, tensions between tradition and progressiveness, and the meaninglessness of truth have also been some of the themes largely associated with her works.