Shadow of the Spectacle: Urban China in Ni Weihua’s Conceptual Photography
|When||17 Nov 2015 - 12 Dec 2015|
|Where||Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Artist Talk: Friday, November 20, 11am
Opening Reception: Friday, November 20, 4 – 7pm
Through photographs and video works, this exhibition presents contemporary Chinese artist Ni Weihua‘s two major series Keywords and Landscape Wall. Keywords, an ongoing project that the artist began in 1998, addresses the promulgation of official ideologies in urban public spaces and documents the increasingly spectacular visual presentations adopted by the government propaganda agencies. Landscape Wall, another multiple-year project that he started in 2008, captures the penetration of the spectacular consumerism in Chinese cities through street billboards and addresses the rising inequality in the country at both material and symbolic levels. Together, they represent Ni’s artistic effort to simultaneously document and deconstruct China’s official discourses of economic development and consumerist urbanization.
Curators: Meiqin Wang
Photo courtesy of the organiser/s
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