Guan Wei curated into Shanghai Biennale - Art Collector

25 October 2010 | Work by Guan Wei has been curated into the 8th Shanghai Biennale. He appears alongside artists and collaborations including India’s Raqs Media Collective, Liam Gillick, Liu Xiaodong and Zhang Huan.

This year’s offering addresses the theme “rehearsal”. Explaining the relevance of the theme, curators Fan Di'An, Li Lei and Gao Shiming point to the financial downturn of recent years, which they say is “no spiritual crisis experienced by modernists in the depths of their individual creativity, but a malarial torpor endemic to today’s world … Artists cannot rid themselves of the sinking feeling that they are in the system’s employment, made to order by society at large. Everywhere we look, artists are cosplaying [costume playing] their roles.”

The biennale continues at venues across Shanghai until 28 February 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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