CHEN Shaoxiong

Ink City  (2005), video still, courtesy of Ms Luo Qingmin

Ink City (2005), video still, courtesy of Ms Luo Qingmin


Ink City

2005, video, B&W, sound, 3’

“When Ink City is exhibited as a video, the work is a way both to conclude and to begin, because it harkens back to nostalgia for painting and photography, even to the reality ofthe photographed subject. Therefore, it returns to the outer world, amidst the hustle-bustle of the city, in a new form. In this work, the narrative is removed, there are only some impressions of the city, without logical relationships among them; they are not illogical images either, but a collage of memories of different moments, an accumulation of fragmented phenomena that I gathered randomly, without any purposeful planning, over a period of time. I only believe in chance. What enters my lens depends on whether the camera is in my hand at that particular moment of time.”

–Artist’s statement


CHEN Shaoxiong

Born in Shantou, 1962 – 2016

A founding member of the Big Tail Elephants Group – a collective of conceptual artists working in Guangzhouin the 1990s – and later a member of the Asian artistcollectives Xijing Men (with Tsuyoshi OZAWA and Gimhongsok) and Project without Space (with LIU Ding),CHEN Shaoxiong was best known for his humorous andironic takes on geopolitical, social and urban issues.He utilises a wide range of media for his works fromphotography, video and installation, to ink painting andcollage. His work has been featured in internationalbiennales, including Venice Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Guangzhou Triennial and Shanghai Biennale, as well as major institutions, such as MoMA PS1 and the International Center of Photography in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Tate Liverpool and Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.