Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity

June 15, 2022 – August 28, 2022
Asia Society

725 Park Ave.
New York, NY

Tianzhuo Chen. Trance, 2019 (video still). Two single-channel videos with sound (loop). Duration: 5 minutes, 1 second; 2 minutes, 51 seconds. Image courtesy of the artist, BANK/MABSOCIETY, and Asia Society Museum, New York.

Tianzhuo Chen. Trance, 2019 (video still). Two single-channel videos with sound (loop). Duration: 5 minutes, 1 second; 2 minutes, 51 seconds. Image courtesy of the artist, BANK/MABSOCIETY, and Asia Society Museum, New York.

Asia Society Museum presents Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity, an exhibition of 19 artworks by seven artists, born in mainland China in the 1980s, opening at Asia Society Museum on June 15. Belonging to what is referred to as the ba ling hou generation, these artists grew up in a post-Mao China shaped by the one-child policy and the influx of foreign investment. Comprising painting, sculpture, performance, installation, video, digital art, and photography, the exhibition reflects the dramatic economic, political, and cultural shifts the artists have experienced in China during their lifetimes.

The exhibition’s title, Mirror Image, refers to the double reflection at the heart of the exhibition. Rather than emphasizing their “Chinese-ness,” these artists’ respective practices are born of a China where Starbucks can be found in the Forbidden City and the internet permits them access—despite the obstacles of censorship—to a host of influences beyond geographical boundaries. Their works strike a balance between appealing to a global art market—all have established international careers—while speaking directly or obliquely to aspects of contemporary Chinese realities.

Participating artists are:

Tianzhuo Chen | 陈天灼 – (b. 1985 in Beijing, China; lives and works in Beijing and Shanghai, China)

Cui Jie | 崔洁  – (b. 1983 in Shanghai, China; works in Shanghai, China)

Pixy Liao | 廖逸君 – (born 1979 in Shanghai, China; lives and works in New York, U.S.)

Liu Shiyuan | 刘诗园 – (b. 1985 in Beijing, China; lives and works in Beijing, China, and Copenhagen, Denmark)

Miao Ying | 苗颖 – (b. 1985 in Shanghai, China; lives and works in New York, U.S. and Shanghai, China)

Nabuqi | 娜布其 – (b. 1984 in Inner Mongolia, China; lives and works in Beijing, China)

Tao Hui | 陶辉 – (b. 1987 in Chongqing, China; lives and works in Beijing, China).