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Birthday Present
by Galerie Paris-Beijing
Location: Galerie Paris-Beijing
Artist(s): WEN Fang
Date: 28 Nov 2009 - 27 Jan 2010

For her third exhibition at the Galerie Paris-Beijing, multi-disciplinary artist Wen Fang offers us a useful birthday present: six large-scale installations exploring the events that impacted China in 2008. Through these works, Wen Fang casts a critical eye across the year in which the country marked its return to the international stage.


The artist queries all-out economic development and especially its environmental consequences. Sharp, stabbing knives rain down from the sky. How do we protect ourselves from the crises and disasters of today and tomorrow? In an interdependent world, our self-preservation is delusional; our masks turn out to be useless. 


In a critical approach, the artist awakens our individual and collective conscience, addressing universal messages and paying homage to anonymous actors of history and those who still aspire to effect change.


This year Wen Fang was invited to participate in a number of prestigious international exhibitions including 'Dior and Chinese artists' and 'Isabelle Huppert, women of many portraits', both held at Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts.

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