“An absorbing if uneven show...” As with many shows featuring live elements, much here needs activating by the performers to work at its best. But with interactive archive sections between the galleries, this is a creditable attempt to tell the story of a little-celebrated, and some
“Giving Chinese contemporary art the serious consideration it deserves....” This is a show that forbids us to treat China as a romantic or fearful other. As you enter, a performer in a striped uniform soundlessly appears at your shoulder. Throughout the show, this silent presence shadows your every move...
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“If you want to engage with the work properly, you need help...” The exhibition does not make for comfortable viewing but it provides a fascinating glimpse of how confusing it must be to live in extremely “interesting times”...
“This is a most uncommon show of art...” What makes this show exceptional is that it looks at the art hidden behind all that success; in some cases literally made, or shown, under the ground. There are videos of performances that lasted a day or two before being closed by the authorities...
“It is also Chinese, but only also...” "Extraordinarily" and "good" are words that spring to mind. There is a maturity and meticulousness to much of the art that is missing in its British equivalent...