Two Chinas: Chen Qiulin and Yun-Fei Ji

Left: Chen Qiulin, Bei Fu (Farewell Poem), 2003, still from color video, 9 minutes, Stoddard Acquisition Fund, 2007.81. Courtesy of the artist and Max Protetch, New York; Right: Yun-Fei Ji, Below the 143MeterWatermark (detail), 2006, mineral pigments and ink on mulberry paper, 118.5x 56.125 inches. Stoddard Acquisition Fund, 2007.17. Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York.

March 8 – September 21, 2008

Don't miss the exhibition that the Boston Globe hails as “ingeniously designed…a gorgeous little show filled with pathos and wit.”

This exhibition considers the rapidly changing conditions in China through the lens of new acquisitions created by two young Chinese artists, Chen Qiulin (b. 1975) and Yun-Fei Ji (b. 1963). Both artists have responded to the altered landscapes and human displacement caused by flooding, which is a result of China's Three Gorges Dam project. Chen Qiulin uses video in Bie Fu (Farewell Poem), from 2003, to revisit her childhood memories and China's past amidst the rubble of Wanzhou, her hometown and one of the cities flooded by the dam project. In Yun-Fei Ji's monumental scroll-like painting, Below the 143 Meter Mark, from 2006, allusions to classical landscape painting are transformed by grim contemporary details - houses and hillsides crumbling, a ghost town littered with abandoned bundles and bicycles.

See the Gallery Guide to learn more about the exhibition.

For more information on Chen Qiulin, please visit Max Protetch.
For more information on Yun-Fei Ji, please visit James Cohan Gallery.

This exhibition is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund, The Clayton F. & Ruth L. Hawkridge Foundation, and The Martin Salomon Morton & Gustel Schreiber Morton Foundation. Additional generous support provided by Worcester Magazine.

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Select Images from the Exhibition