Wang Shang and Yao Qingmei at "New Video in China: New Attitude Since 2010", OCT Anren, Chengdu


Chief Curator: Lv Peng
Curators: Lan Qingwei Shi Yuling Song Zhenxi

Duration: 13 May to 10 June, 2018
Venue: OCT Anren, Chengdu

Wang Shang
No Shadow Without Light

Wang Shang currently lives and works in Beijing. He graduated from Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. Upon graduation, he qualified as a certified gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America, and began working in the gem industry. He founded his own brand, the eponymous S.H.A.N.G. Operating a jewellery brand, a process Wang Shang has likened to 'doing life studies in the countryside' or 'experiencing life'. This has allowed Wang Shang to touch on and understand jewels from two perspectives, being simultaneously a method of art-making and commercial activity. Gradually, Wang Shang has built up knowledge and experience as a merchant and designer of jewellery. Solo exhibitions: Magician Space, Beijing (2015); OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2014); Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011). Group exhibitions: West Bund Special Projects, Shanghai (2016); A Contemporary, Shanghai (2016); Antenna Space, Shanghai (2015); Casa Dei Carraresi, Italy (2015); Between Art Lab, Shanghai (2015); OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2014); Mitsukoshi, Tokyo (2012).

Yao Qingmei

Victory, Pride and Endurance



Based on a recorded choreographic performance, the video is projected onto a setting comprised of recycled material. Designated different positions in the scene are the Goddess of Victory, a dancing troupe in high heels, and a personification of tragedy standing on a podium – each of the figures evoke archetypal symbols through enacted gestures. Certain symbols evoke a legibility and self-efficacy whose meanings are able to resonate with our common senses.

In this work, the Goddess of Victory holds onto an olive branch until her arm slowly lowers and when she can no longer bear the weight from fatigue. The hand with olive branch is projected onto foam board, the heads of the dancing troupe are ‘separated’ from their bodies by chipboard, and the forlorn figure of tragedy is projected onto a coil of found carpet.

Yao Qingmei (b.1983, Zhejiang) currently lives and works in Paris. She achieved DNSEP with honors from Villa Arson, Nice, France in 2013, and was awarded the winner of Prix spécial du jury at the 59th Salon de Montrouge the next year. Yao often uses an interventionist approach to re-imagine and perturb the parameters of reality to yield new possibilities. Layering absurdist gesture with poetic action, a particular emphasis is placed on how symbolic gestures gain or lose power through acts of displacement and appropriation. Her theatrical performances and interventions find form in areas overlapping burlesque techniques of parody, which combine with framing devices influenced by theatre sets and costume, pedagogical lectures, political satire and modern dance choreography.