CHEN Shaoxiong

Ink History  (2008-2012), video still, courtesy of Ms Luo Qingmin

Ink History (2008-2012), video still, courtesy of Ms Luo Qingmin



2008-2012, video, B&W, sound, 3’

The point of this work is not to reproduce the same version of history. Experience shows that history is difficult, even impossible to reproduce. Ink History merely collects historical images without adding any interpretation. These images in turn are but fleeting records of time and process and they only represent fragmentary, eyewitness evidence, leaving infinite space for interpretation. Even so, these images function as key points of reference in the collective consciousness of time. This work strings these key images together, but abandons any duty to interpret them, because all interpretation is teleological and exists in the service of a particular set of values or ideology, as our education system so adequately proves.


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.