Shi Hengbo at ‘Mapping the City: A Vision of History and Xi'an’, OCAT Xi'an

Mapping the City: A Vision of History and Xi'an
9 June to 26 August, 2018
Curated by Yang Xi

Summer at OCAT Xi’an brings a special focus on Xi’an through a large-scale, expanded presentation of the Xi’an Showcase project that occupies the entire first floor galleries. Xi’an Showcase was launched in 2016 as a platform for presenting artists within the environs of Xi’an, and to give some local character to the more national and international rostra of artists invited to OCAT Xi’an. Under the able direction of young curator Yang Xi, the five annual exhibition projects have made an important contribution to our programme.

For this fifth anniversary year, Xi’an Showcase becomes a major exhibition event that runs through the summer. Titled ‘Mapping the City: A Vision of History and Xi’an’;and taking several particular threads of historic development as its narrative, the exhibition bringing together sixteen artists, at least half of whom will be familiar from previous Xi’an Showcase projects. Each artist presents new pieces, some of which are special commissions for the exhibition. These will be juxtaposed with those works from the other, new half of the participants, artists who may or may not be living in Xi’an but who possess a connection to the city that will become apparent through curator Yang Xi’s arrangement of the show. This falls into five chapters, each underscored by a key theme, motif or historic fact, which is illuminated by the nature of the artists; works brought together within the chapter.

In line with the OCAT Xi’an concern for forging greater links between Xi’an’s historic past and contemporary present, Yang Xi’s approach is a perfect example of how enlightening contemporary reflections upon the past can be.

In their own ways, each of these exhibition themes returns to memory, to the past as a means of unpacking the complex experiences of today and unravelling the equally complex emotional states that accompany them.

Exhibition view of Shi Hengbo's work

About Shi Hengbo

Shi Hengbo (B.1978, Qianyag, Shanxi Province) did his BA in Painting, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’an. Now Teach in Baoji University of Arts and Sciences, Major solo exhibition include: SHI HENGBO, Magician Space, Beijing (2016); REMEMBRANCES, OCAT XI’AN SHOWCASE, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, CN(2016); BEAUTIFUL SEMBLANCE, DOU Space, Xi’an, CN(2012); Major group exhibitions include:EACH TO HIS OWN - Li Wendong | Wei Xingye Collection Exhibition, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, CN(2016); 2015 ART CRITICS NOMINATED EXHIBITION, Chinese Businessman Museum, Beijing, CN(2015 ); CIVILIZATION ROUND2 YU LIN, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, CN(2014); Xi’an – Situation inside and outside, BLUE ROOF MUSEUM OF CHENGDU, Chengdu, CN(2013); CONFRONTING ANITYA-Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, Venice, IT(2013); Difference in Temperature, Los Angeles, USA(2011); The 23rd Asian International Art Exhibition, Ucity Art Museum of GAFA, Guangzhou, CN(2008); BACK IN THE USSR, XI’AN DOCUMENTA BEIJING EXHIBITION, FUNARTSPACE, Beijing, CN(2007).