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Another “The Other Story” (document)

2013, Singer Channel Video and Documents Installation, Oil paintings, Video(7’ 05”), Document Table & Photos Archive, Slide Projector & Slide, Variable Size

 

Another “The Other Story” – Another Modern Artist (still)

2013, Singer Channel Sound HD Video, 7min 05sec

“The Other Story” is derived from a show entitled “The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Postwar Britain” curated by the critic Rasheed Araeen at Hayward Gallery in 1989, which pointed to the “absence of non-Western artists in the history of modern art.”

Another “The Other Story” consists of three parts: in the video part, I played a “modern” artist, and the whole video imitated style of the black-and-white films in the 30s and the 40s. The document part embodies a photo archive of my father’s paintings created in various styles from the 70s to the 90s. I arranged these images with a series of texts on a document table. A portion of the texts comes from fragments of memory that I could still recollect about my father teaching me painting techniques, or from my imagination about my father’s youth. These texts originate from my personal imagination of that era. The third part includes two paintings of my father done in the 80s and the 90s. I used “Another” as a prefix to the title, just like the title of the video –  “Another Modern Artist”, to make up a “modern artist” within my mind. Part of this imagination comes from my knowledge about my father, and part of which comes from my perception of the fragmentation or entertaining nature of “modern art”.

 

 

另一个“他者的故事”

2013/单通道录像文献装置/油画,文献柜 & 照片文档,幻灯机 & 幻灯片,尺寸可变

另一个“他者的故事”之另一个现代艺术家 (影像截图)

2013/单通道有声高清录像/7分05秒

“他者的故事”取自批评家拉希德·阿莱茵于1989年在海沃画廊所策划的的展览“他者的故事:战后英国亚非艺术家展”即在指出“现代主义艺术史中非西方艺术家的缺席。

“另一个’他者的故事’”主要分为三个部分,录像部分是由我所扮演一位“现代”画家,并模仿三、四十年代黑白电影;文献部分是由我父亲70-90年代的风格多样绘画作品的照片档案,我将这些图片和我一系列文本结合摆置在一个档案桌上,这写铜牌文本的内容一部分来自于我父亲在传授我绘画时,我能够回忆起的片段,也有一部分来自于我对父亲青年时代的想象,这些想象源自我对那个时代的部分经验。第三部分是我父亲80、90年代的两件绘画作品,这两件作品是我个人认为父亲在他困惑徘徊时所表达出的“现代”或是“传统”的某种相互交织。

在这件创作题目上,我用“另一个”为前缀,包括录像部分的题目“另一个现代艺术家”,以此来臆造了一个我脑海中的“现代艺术家”,这些想象一方面来自于我对于作为美术工作者的父亲,另一方面来自于当下对于所谓的“现代艺术”破碎和娱情的认知。

 

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