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Musings on the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Ai Wei Wei: According to What? Part 2

by Rachel Ozerkevich

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Ai Wei Wei’s practice has long extended beyond classical artistic media. While he does continue to work in photography, sculpture and film, his online presence via blogging, Facebook and Twitter has become a main vehicle for his musings and political beliefs. The internet has also become his primary means of communicating with the outside world from the confines of his Beijing studio where he currently resides. His eagerness to adopt social media as an art practice seems to have a marked effect on the aesthetic quality of his more recent work. Continue reading

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Musings on the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Ai Wei Wei: According to What? Part 1

by Rachel Ozerkevich

Ai Wei Wei seems to be everywhere right now. Ironically, the Chinese artist is technically not allowed to leave China: his passport has been confiscated by the government as part of its latest endeavours to monitor and silence the controversial artist and his increasingly vocal political commentary. Continue reading

Looking for Signs: Yellow Signal

by Brandon Chow

As Canada’s first major exposition of contemporary Chinese new media and video art, Yellow Signal: New Media in China has recently landed in Vancouver, finding refuge in a variety of galleries around the city.  The works presented reflect a mutual perception of current political circumstances surrounding Chinese artists.  Zheng Shengtian—a BC-Based artist, curator, and specialist on contemporary Chinese art—has described Yellow Signal as “a metaphor for the communal state of ambiguity in Asian countries.” He further adds that each piece invokes feelings of limitation, possibility, choice, change, confusion and self-confidence.

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Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography

by Stella Hsu

Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography was an exhibition curated by Keith Wallace in 2009 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. The exhibition featured the works of fifteen Chinese artists, such as Ai Weiwei, Ma Liuming and He Chengyao, who work primarily in Beijing and have contributed to the emergence of Chinese contemporary art in the international art community. Unfortunately, I have never walked through the exhibition and have missed the opportunity of experiencing it.  I only became aware  of the catalogue recently because it stood out from a well curated collection of books in the Satellite Gallery Bookstore. Its black cover page drew me in and made me wonder what was inside.

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