New Directions: Musquiqui Chihying

25 August–28 October 2018

Exhibition Overview

New Directions

Musquiqui Chihying is apt at deploying different media including film, photography, and installation to explore the relationships formed by people and objects with public space, as well as the changes that capital has wrought on human life. In recent work he has used historical research to unearth the postcolonial and post-immigrant elements buried in Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese popular culture, using this perspective to investigate contemporary global society. His newest work starts from a group of wooden sculptures shipped from Africa to the institution now known as the National Museum of China during its reconstruction in the years leading up to 2011, combining film and installation art to examine the evolution of economic and cultural exchange between Asia and Africa as the non-aligned ideals of the 1955 Bandung Conference have yielded to a new Sinocentric order.

(Photo: Courtesy Ullens Center for Contemporary Art)

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