"State Legacy: Research in the Visualization of Political History," is being staged at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal in Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District of south China’s Shenzhen following a two-month show in Manchester, where it ran from April through June this year.
The exhibition presents works by five prominent contemporary Chinese artists: Wang Guangyi, Lu Hao, Sui Jianguo, Wang Jianwei and Zeng Li. They have all tried to respond to the achievements and problems of China’s industrialization and modernization from different perspectives of visual art.
The exhibition is the result of a two-year collaboration between John Hyatt, director of the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Huang Zhuan, director of the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal.
According to Hyatt, the art works chosen for the exhibition illustrate many aspects of the social, cultural, psychological and political changes China has gone through in recent years.
Manchester, in the middle of England, may not be as daft a place as you might think to hold such an exhibition. It has a vibrant art and music scene and, as it happens, has more university students than any other town in Europe.
China View reports a book of selected essays, images and background research documents has been produced to accompany the exhibition.