Stuck between tradition and the contemporary:
Xiao Hui Wang at Art After Work in January
Author: Mandana Bender
We took the opportunity of the festivities for the Chinese New Year to celebrate our first Art After Work in 2017. On a cold evening in January, we invited our friends and clients to a small get together in our office to present the stunning photographs from Chinese Artist XIao Hui Wang.
XIAO HUI WANG: Isolated Paradies
Xiao Hui Wang, who is also an author mainly works in photography, sculpture, design and media art.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, for example the city of Suzhou has named a museum after her, which is a rare honor for a living artist.
She has been profiled in the prestigious Hong Kong magazine „Phoenix Weekly“ as one of the Top 50 Most influential Chinese Worldwide. She has been a professor at Shanghai’s Tongji University since 2003, where she runs the Xiao Hui Wang Art Center.
Aside from her photographic activities, she also began working on numerous film and television projects in Europe as well as working as an architect and sculptor. Therefore, she has a very wide oeuvre which led to her international reputation as well as the fact that she analyses the aesthetics of Chinese and European cultures to combine them together in her various artworks. Wang’s growing international reputation led her to work with several prestigious international brands like Christofle, BMW, Cartier, A.Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre or Van Cleef & Arpels among others and to the creation of large-scale art projects from Chinese local governments.
XIAO HUI WANG: Early Temptation
She is known for her depictions of women, which are usually pensive and somewhat passive. While her photographs look attractive and the (female) subjects are depicted thoughtfully, there is a threat of cliché that lurks inside. Other themes of her work focus on three great, occasionally overlapping themes: aestheticism, vitality and humanity. In her photographs, she captures not only concrete objects, but also the spirit that is innate in those objects and gives them personal touch as well. And, as though her artistic work mirrors her cultural background, her images are universal and make room for interpretation.
We presented works from her „Isolated Paradise“ Series (2009) as well as from the „Red Child“ (2002-2007) and „My last 100 Years“ Series (2005-2007). At Baroccisima, we also presented a work from the „Nano Photography“ Series (2011-2012), which was one of the artwork that stunned our visitors the most: It looks like a mountain but actually it is a hair! This fact was unbelievable by most of our guests.
XIAO HUI WANG: Red Child
Of course, an Art after Work is no Art After Work without something to eat or drink. This time, we decided to start the new year healthy, so we got a little catering with vegetable snacks for our guests.
During the evening we had interesting talks and are happy to welcome you at our next Art After Work in the summer!
A special thanks to Photopraline for recommending our event!