Title/ Qin in Retrospect
Curator / Yang Xi
Artists / Dai Chenlian、 Ye Su
Duration / 2019.03.10 – 05.26
Venue / OCAT Xi’an

The concept of Qin Wang “is taken from the Qinwangshan-a hill located in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province. 2200years ago, the first emperor of Qin set out from Xi’an (Xianyang)to Kuaiji (in Suzhou, Jiangsu province today)to worship Dayu. On the journey, the emperor passed a hill which he climbed to overlook the surroundings. In this way, as unknown hill acquired the name Qinwangshan

Beijing-based Shaoxing artists Ye Su and Dai Chenlian together discuss the historical facts of Qingwangshan through fictional experiences and archaeological methods. These trigger an interaction between individual circumstances and social landscape. In the project, Ye Su continues research of the Cilingseries Qins architecture The fruit pattern signifies the palace wall and the Empires unification of states that became China.Ye Su was inspired by the fruit as a neat and dense supermarket display, where the strong sense of order reflects contemporary life. In Ye Su’s virtual space, Dai Chenlian responds through live shadow play. Different from Ye Sus macro-aesthetics, Dai Chenlian’s shadow theatre unfolds through the ordinary story of a specific person, and the studio left behind by the protagonist. Through his narration individual of fate, he outlines the burden that ordinary people bear, the change they experience in an era of social transformation.

Two artists explore the social fluctuations caused by the spatial and temporal displacements of different characters. This becomes a prism through which they examine the impact of various geographic issues within China today.

 Qin in Retrospect Exhibition views.  Courtesy of artist and OCAT Xi’an.

Dai Chenlian, live performance.  Courtesy of artist and OCAT Xi’an.

About OCAT Xi’an

Launched in November 2013, OCAT Xi’an is the third site for OCAT Museums, which began with OCAT Shenzhen in 2005. OCAT Xi’an is devoted to contemporary art: its mission is to draw upon local and international resources to promote Chinese contemporary art to an international standard as well as to support a range of cultural exchange programs in Xi’an.

OCAT Xi’an has three floors and is overseen by a small staff of professional curators and art workers. Our annual program of local and international exhibitions opens to everyone, whether to discover contemporary art for the first time, or to learn more about artists shaping the contemporary art scene.

With its exhibition program, OCAT Xi’an becomes part of this community. Our program is guided by a contemporary focus on artistic innovations that extend backwards and forwards in time and geographically, west to embrace cultures along ancient routes that, like China today, are home to ever evolving forms of new artistic expression. It is said that in ancient Xi’an east met west. OCAT Xi’an aims to continue that convergence through the contemporary practices of artists at the forefront of the era.

About Artist

Dai Chenlian was born in 1982. He graduated in 2004 from China Academy of Art with a BA in Oil Painting. Dai Chenlian currently lives and works in Beijing. His selected solo exhibitions include: A Bright Moon Surging Upon Tide (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2017) , Blink to Grace (Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, 2017), A Gathering of Chevaliers (Space Local, Beijing, 2016), Social Reality Theater (Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2016), Spring River Flowing East IV (MAMALA Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, 2015), Time Passing Swiftly Like Flowing Water (ACTION-SPACE, Beijing, 2013). His group exhibitions include: Springhouse (Hellerau, Dresden, Germany, 2017), The Image Expression in the Art Practice of New Generation (Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, 2016), Talk, Talk (Surplus Space, Wuhan, 2016), HUGO BOSS ASIA ART (Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016), BBCT(1) (MAMALA Contemporary Art Center, Beijing,2014), Wind Direction-Exhibition Project of Sino-Russian Culture Year (Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, 2012). His curatorial projects include: Parentheses (Platform China · dRoom, Beijing, 2017), Go Live (Tong Gallery, Beijing, 2016), MAMALA Art Festival (MAMALA Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, 2014).