Chinese Video: Chord Changes in the Megalopolis
Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Wang Wei, Liu Ding, Xu Zhen, Wang Jian Wei, Chen Chieh-Jen, Dong Jun, Lin Yilin, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhao Liang, Jiang Zhi, Cheng Ran
Curated by Kevin Power

September 13 to November 17
Reception: Thursday, September 13, from 5 to 9 PM

Morono Kiang Gallery
218 West 3rd Street, Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: Karon Morono and Eliot Kiang
213.628.8208 tel, 213.628-8207 fax
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6PM

Ai Weiwei, Beijing: Chang'an Boulevard, 2004. Courtesy Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne

Morono Kiang Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Chinese Video: Chord Changes in the Megalopolis, a group show featuring the work of twelve of the top video artists curated by Kevin Power. This will be the first time that many of the videos will be shown in the U.S.

It is a monstrous cliché to argue that China is in a process of massive change: it is, and in many aspects, it isn’t. That is to say, change as a visual phenomenon is rapid, but as a psychological process its pace is much slower. There are zones of curious and intense frictions—ideological, social, and economic—between what was and what is, what may be and what will not be. Chord Changes in the Megalopolis seeks to look at the way in which a number of Chinese video artists are living, documenting, reflecting upon, and conceptualizing these changes. Many of the videos focus on sociocultural changes and the redefinitions of social status and ambition in the new frenetically expanding megalopolis, with its changing urban landscape and its concentrated takes on fast, modern, consumer living.

This exhibition does not pretend to define ideological oppositions, but rather it seeks to show the diversity of readings and positions being taken by Chinese artists as they react to and analyze the particularities of their own circumstances and interests. The work varies from direct but poetically evocative documentary-style reportage, to subtly worked metaphors.

An accompanying catalogue will be available in mid-October.

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