80 printed carpets, 90 x 100 cm each.
2017.COM.CN, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey, K11 Art Foundation & MOMA PS1, Hong Kong, China.
Room installation This Way or That Way consists of 80 hi-res printed carpets, on each of which is a slogan
composed by the artist and her assistant, just as those seen in demonstrations. The work encourages the
audience to walk in, and further develops the artist’s reflections in From Happiness To Whatever. The artist
deliberately creates an ambiguity, blurring the fixed nature of slogan banners with emotional and poetic
languages, softening the seriousness inherent to political propagandas. The artist handles forms and colors
of the texts according to popular aesthetics of the internet culture, and intentionally renders the appearance
of the work light and weak. In this way, the artist reflects upon the influences popular culture in a globalized
context and of the stubborn standards that neglect individual differences on perception. In an exhibition space,
the work further tries the influence as such by including into itself the audiences’ reactions (such as taking
a selfie in it), allowing other discursive dimensions to emerge.
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