Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Gu Xiong, I am Who I am, 2001-06
Gu Xiong, I am Who I am, 2001-06
2006 Lecture


245 Church St

Chinese artists play an important role
in the world of contemporary art; their
work, often focusing on individual
explorations of identity and transformation,
influences our understanding of
the country’s emergence as a global
force. China’s key position in the world
economy is increasingly evident, and
only the future can reveal how its culture
will bear the influence of globalization.
The installation of photographs
by Chinese artists Xing Danwen and
Gu Xiong in St. Patrick subway station,
in Toronto’s Chinatown, provocatively
explores the collision of cultures. A co-presentation
with the Art Gallery of Ontario.
In this dual lecture, the artists each
present an overview of their work.

Gu Xiong is a Chinese multimedia artist
currently living in Vancouver. His
work is centred around the creation of
a hybrid cultural identity and encompasses
sociology, geography, economics,
politics and literature. The dynamics of
globalization and individual identity
are particularly apparent in his work.
Xiong received his BFA and MFA from
The Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts,
Chongqing, China. As a result of his
participation in the China/Avant Garde
Exhibition at the National Fine Arts
Gallery in Beijing, and in the Tiananmen
Square protests, he fled from China
to Canada in 1989. He has exhibited
extensively internationally, and his work
been collected by the National Gallery
of Canada, the National Gallery of China
and many other museums. Xiong is an
Associate Professor at the University
of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Xing Danwen was born in Xi’an,
China, and currently lives and works
in Beijing. In addition to the installation
of her work in St. Patrick station,
an exhibition of her recent work is
on view at Gallery TPW, co-presented
by CONTACT. Xing’s work is included in major
international collections and has been
exhibited at the International Center
of Photography, New York; the Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York;
The Pompidou Centre, Paris; Rencontres
d’Arles; the Yokohama Triennial; the
Sydney Biennale; the Guangzhou
Triennial and the Millennium Art
Museum, Beijing. She holds degrees
from the Central Academy of Fine Arts
in Beijing and an MFA from the School
of Visual Arts in New York. Xing is represented
by Kiang Gallery in Atlanta.

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