Nanjing Art Fair International
Video Section

VIP & Public day
Dec. 14 – Dec.16 (Sat. – Mon.) 11: 00-20: 00
Dec. 17 (Tue.) 11: 00-18: 00

Nanjing International Expo Center Hall 2 | 300 Jiangdong Middle Road, Jian’ou District, Nanjing

A+  Contemporary will participate in video section of Nanjing Art Fair International to present a series of works by artists Luo Kai and Bo Wang. Mainly in the form of film, video, installation and documentation, the two artists explore the dialectical and reflective relationship on the body, sports and mechanism in the industries of sport game and athletic competition, which shapes the functions and conceptions of human physiology and mentality.

Luo Kai’s work series Male Fitness Research is a part of his art project Masculinity Research Institute, focusing on the concept of the ideal physique constructed by fitness equipment, athletic activities and pharmaceutical products. With the establishment of capitalism and the development of leisure time in the nineteenth century, fitness or bodybuilding shaped the identity of men. It also consolidated and alienated the connection of social relations. This series of works integrates personal experience with a renovation to criticize the “Hegemony” as a standard of conventional masculinity.

Based on the stories of two generations of tennis players, Bo Wang’s filming work The Orbit as two-channel video builds a complex field that combines mechanized training system with personal psychology and perception. The artist attempts to respond to the production, consumption, and regeneration of individuals inside a huge circle setting by massive systems, and the struggle of the individual on the way to break out.

Artworks

罗凯 Luo Kai,《徒劳无功》 Prove Futile,2019,单频彩色有声录像 Single channel video, color, sound,2’07”,录像截帧 Video still

罗凯 Luo Kai,《形变》Deformation,2019,单频彩色无声录像 Single channel video, color, silent,4’41”,录像截帧 Video still

罗凯 Luo Kai,《二手形象》Second hand image,2019,单频彩色无声录像 Single channel video, color, silent,5’20”,录像截帧 Video still

王博 Bo Wang,《轨道》 The Orbit,2019,双频彩色有声影像 Two-channel video, color, sound,22’04”,录像截帧 Video still

王博 Bo Wang,《轨道》 The Orbit,2019,双频彩色有声影像 Two-channel video, color, sound,8’47” ,录像截帧 Video still

About Artists

Luo Kai was born in 1994 in Yunnan. He graduated from the School of Art and Design, Yunnan University in Second Studio of Painting with BA in 2017. He currently studies in Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University for Master degree. He currently lives and works in Shanghai. His solo exhibitions include: Black Shadow (Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts Lifting Space, Shanghai, 2019), Bad Men and Bad Things (Seven Art Spaces, Kunming, 2016), Day and Night – He Haonan and Luo Kai Dual Exhibition (Yunnan University Art Museum, Kunming, 2015). His group exhibitions include: Tank Art Festival (TANK, Shanghai, 2019), Darkroom (Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts Lifting Space, Shanghai, 2019), Joint Exhibition of Jueh Ti Space Anniversary (Jueh Ti Space, Shanghai, 2019), Zhijiang International Art Week – Painting is Forever Invited Exhibition (Xiangshan Art Museum, Hangzhou 2019), Contract 2018 (Moss Gallery, Kunming, 2018), Full Star Art Project: Moving between Urban and Rural Areas (Full Star Complex, Shanghai, 2018), Geo-Land Schaft (Qing Art Space, Shanghai, 2018), Wenlin Art Museum Anniversary Exhibition (Wenlin Art Museum, kunming, 2018), College Light (Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, 2017), Seven Mouths and Eight Tongues (Wenlin Art Museum, Kunming, 2017), Ximing Plan Young Artists Works Exhibition (Wenlin Museum of Art, Kunming, 2017), Blue Coast – Art Exhibition( Seven Art Space, Kunming, 2017), Fifteen Wildernesses (Yuansheng Gallery, Kunming, 2016), Reconstructing Babel Tower – Third Youth Festival of Art (108 Think Tank Space Art Museum, Kunming, 2016), Pink 15+2 Installation Exhibition (Yunnan University Art Museum, Kunming, 2015), Black Light Blind – Guishan Landscape Exhitbition (Yunnan University Art Museum, Kunming, 2015). Luo Kai participated in the production of SUPERFLEX artistic project in 2019 Condo Shanghai.

Bo Wang was born in Chongqing, China. He graduated with BS in Physics and Mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2004, with MS in Physics from Tsinghua University in 2007, and with MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in 2011. He currently works and lives between New York and China, and teaches at School of Visual Art. His solo exhibitions include: Song for the Dreamless (Yell Space, Shanghai, 2019), Heteroscapes (Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangdong, 2011), Heteroscapes (Gallery 456, New York, 2010). His selected group exhibitions include: A rose is a rose is a rose (HOW Art museum, Wenzhou, 2019), Hot Flows: Pearl River Delta Arts Retrospective in Guangzhou (Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, 2019), Selected Zones (FAS X Rongyi Art Museum, Shanghai, 2019), 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2019), 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism: Collective City (Seoul, 2019), The Racing will Continue, the Dancing will Stay (Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2019), Infrastructural Territory (OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, 2018), Life & Dreams: Photography & Media Art in China since the 1990s (The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany, 2018), Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen, China, 2017), The Making of an Institution (Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2017), We Chat (Asia Society Texas Center, United States, 2016), We Chat (Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, United States, 2016), Urban Livingroom (10th Shanghai Biennale City Pavilions, Shanghai, 2015). He has participated in screenings at The Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), Essay Film Festival (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London), Image Forum Festival (Tokyo), Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions (Tokyo), Asia Culture Center (Gwangju), DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (Seoul), BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Times Museum (Guangzhou) among other institutions and film festivals. He has participated in artist residencies and symposiums including ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange (Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, 2018), ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange (Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, 2017), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (Singapore, 2016), Oberhausen Seminar (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, 2016), Berlinale Talents (Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, 2014), The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York, 2013). His curatorial projects include: Nine Days to See (Pop up, Beijing, 2018), Ode to Infrastructure (META Project Space, Shanghai, 2016), We Landed/I Was Born/Passing by (Anthology Film Archives, New York, 2014).