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“Why Not Ask Again” 11th Shanghai Biennale

POWER STATION OF ART, Shanghai

Chen Zhe, Remembering the Forgotten, Forgetting the Remembered (Revisiting “The Bearable”), 2007.
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Xin Wang

At the 11th Shanghai Biennale, it isn’t possible to take a photograph without capturing people; the vast Power Station of Art—an electric plant turned kunsthalle since 2012—is busy throughout the preview day and public opening. The curators, Raqs Media Collective, have titled this edition of the biennale “Why Not Ask... continue reading
View of Liu Ding’s “Li Jianguo Born in 1952,” Antenna Space, Shanghai, 2016.
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Heidi Ballet

Some twenty years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China a proposal was made to change the traffic rules so that cars would stop at green lights and go at red, because red was the designated color of action. In the same spirit, citizens named their children after... continue reading
View of “The Bank Show: Vive le Capital,” BANK, Shanghai, 2015.
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Ming Lin

An exhibition title containing a phrase like “Vive Le Capital” suggests a degree of irony in its subject matter. With a roster of some 24 artists and ambitious claims of “exploring the omnipresent power of global finance,” one expects an assortment of vaguely related works—critiques, interventions, manifestos—all of which gravitate... continue reading
“Social Factory”

10TH SHANGHAI BIENNALE, Shanghai

View of “Social Factory,” 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, 2014.
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Kevin McGarry

The 10th Shanghai Biennale is sited inside one of Earth’s most colossal art containers, The Power Station of Art, a 42,000-square-meter decommissioned coal power plant used as the Urban Future Pavillion of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and converted into China’s first and only state-run contemporary art institution in 2012. Entitled “Social... continue reading
Liu Wei, Meditation No.2, 2010.
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Colin Chinnery

Liu Wei’s largest solo show to date deals with two main visual tropes—the horizon and the city. The first monumental sculpture we are confronted with is a megalopolis bristling with corporate towers perched high upon a bare rock, guarded further by a broad building in the shape of China’s national... continue reading

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