Xing Danwen looks at globalization and the
the urban landscape through her series of
Urban Fiction. Xing’s images of architectural
are photographed from corporate maquettes
created to promote
real-estate developments being planned in China
Trying to imagine life in such spaces, Xing inserts a
characters, all of which she plays herself, creating
and poignant vignettes of social drama.
As Xing says, “The models of these new living
spaces are perfect
and clean and beautiful but they are also so empty
detached of human drama. When you take these
begin to add real life – even a single drop of it – so
changes. The figures act out totally imaginative
roles as part of
different plots and in different spaces that I
visualize when I
look at these models. For example, ‘I’ am sometimes
office worker brought to despair by job pressures
spiritual emptiness. Sometimes ‘I’ am a materialistic
enjoying a life of pleasure and dissipation. Or ‘I’ am
girl who has accidentally killed her lover in a mood
Together the resulting pictures compose the
episodes of the
Exhibition co-presented with CONTACT, in
conjunction with the
public installation of Xing’s photographs in the St.
station - see Public Installations.
Lecture Thursday May 11 – see lectures.