LI BINYUAN, Freedom Farming, Video, Color, Sound, 10’54”, 2009

In the countryside of China, land is a heavy issue. In 1999, when my father passed away in an accident, the land that he had cultivated was handed down to me. I was at a loss, and avoided returning to my hometown. But the problem was not solved because of my detachment, and my sense of identity gradually disappeared. In 2014, I decided to use one of the plots of land to produce a work, to re-examine my relationship to my birthplace, which felt both strange and amiable. Finally, I made my peace through the fatigue that came from the constant falls into the field and the mud.for 2 hours. The name of the work, Freedom Farming, comes from the land certificate issued by the village committee, and from the sense of salvation that came from the performative act itself. ‘Freedom Farming’ is a work about the dialogue between me and my father, and my present reality. I attempt to find a balance between the three, or save some things that are already lost through this behavior; also I want to confirm my sense of identity, of belonging, via this path.

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Chen Dandizi, Conversion of Feelings, horseshoes, nails, metallic paint, giclee 101 horseshoes in 10-15 diameter, photo 100cm x 72cm, 2020

I scatter the nailed horseshoes along routes people must encounter in the space in order to discuss a concealed emotional boundary. Stepping on the tipping point of the nails triggers a sudden ache, by which I would like to refer to those strong yet vague pain gained from the interpersonal relationships.
Pain could be conceived as one of the challenges for people to undertake in the reality, and we all have different reactions towards it. No matter it is the immediate turning away from the extreme painfulness, or it is the gradual process that a horseshoes-like thick cuticle grows out and covers the physical body after a long distance walk, both are examples of an inner decision.

Zhang Peili, Assignment No.1

《作业一号》展示常规化验血样採集的影像:以消毒无脂棉球擦拭手指、用採血锥扎破手指、出血、玻璃吸管採血、用消毒棉花擦去手指上的血迹、挤压手指使其再次出血、用吸管採血。如此重复数次,最后将吸管内的血滴在玻璃片上,刮片。作品的影像均以慢速播放。这个有严格流程的纪录片让我们联想到人体控制的技术。一如张培力同时期的其他作品,《作业一号》让观众质疑作品所记录的严格流程,实际来自种种经编制的身体操控技术,把原本让人不适的过程转换为例行公事甚至沉闷的步骤。

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