LIU XIAOFANG | MC2 GALLERY
Liu Xiaofang, At end of world 01, 2014, MC2 Gallery
Born in 1980 in Datong City, China, Liu studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in the department of photography. She went on to pursue a fine art practice in which she instrumentalizes camera techniques and digital manipulation to create surrealist sceneries. Noted for their captivating yet unusual quality, Liu’s work has been chosen to be the representative image of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and in 2010 she was the recipient of the Societe Generale Chinese Art Award. Liu has exhibited at the Artscience museum, Singapore; The AIPAD Photography Show, New York;The annual photography fair Paris Photo, France; as well as reGeneration 2, the acclaimed traveling exhibition of contemporary photography produced by Musee de I’Elysee, Switzerland. Her work can also be found in the collection of the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark. Liu Xiaofang is a contemporary artist whose whimsical photo-manipulations elucidates the experience of growing in up in communist China. Her unusual circular canvases creates a sense of intimacy, as if looking through a peephole, or peering through a telescope into a faraway land with childlike wonder. Each vignette captures a moment in an on-going narrative featuring the central character of a communist-era girl in the iconic red scarf navigating a dreamscape rendered in calming, cool hues. landscapes truncated by the curve edge of the plane, Liu leaves much of the context to our imagination, inviting the viewer to extend both the landscape and narrative beyond what is depicted. The largely featureless picture planes are dominated by cloudy blue skies recalling both Rene Magritte’s surrealism and the artifice of The Truman Show, with only an occasional airplane or departed space shuttle, longing for a means of escape from the contrived utopia promised by Maoist communism.
Liu Xiaofang, I Remeber II, MC2 Gallery
ALBARRÁN CABRERA | BILDHALLE
This is you, #46 Pigments on Japanese gampi paper and gold leaf, 25 x 17cm, Edition of 5
The artistic duo Albarrán Cabrera. Anna Cabrera and Angel Albarrán (both born 1969, in Spain) have spent a lot of time in Japan, and their travels to the country have strongly in- fluenced the aesthetic content of their work and the printing techniques they use. The question running like a thread throughout their work is how images trigger individual memories in the viewer. De- pending on their social and cultural backgrounds and on their personal experience, viewers perceive images in completely different ways. Albarrán Cabrera see their photographs as ob- jects in their own right: they handcraft their prints using clas- sic printing methods, such as platinum and silver halide, or invent new ones, such as pigment prints on gold leaves, create copies that are unique in themselves. The poetic and sensual nature of these prints is proof of an unrivalled craftsmanship. The portfolio “This is you” has been growing over time. Creating this fictitious family has helped the duo to go deeper into the concept of identity and as a result, they have become interested in the relation between place and identity. They wanted to relate spaces to portraits with the aim of capturing the interconnection among identity, time and space. They first used different kinds of landscapes, but they were too specific to be utilized together with a set of portraits that were meant to be anonymous and timeless. It was then, when they started to use landscapes photographed during the transitional moment of twilight. The shadows of dawn or sunset animate the speculation unfolding open-ended narratives in the viewer, letting him total freedom to find the connection between the portrait and the place.
This is you,#46.5,Pigments on Japanese gampi paper and gold leaf, 25 x 17cm, Edition of 5
This is you, #12.5,Pigments on Japanese gampi paper and gold leaf, 25 x 17cm,Edition of 5