Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案

 

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Date

1993

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Postcard

Exhibition Event Title

Bird before peace

Date of Exhibition Event

1993

Location of Exhibition Event

FONTANELLE, Postdam

Materials

Photograph printed on postcard

Description

The work “Drinking Water” was photographed by Peter Meyer in Hamburg in 1993, under the direction of Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdttir. It was displayed in the exhibition titled ”Bird before peace” and is included in “Wu Shan Zhuan, Red Humour International” series. The artist Inga Svala Thórsdóttir is photographed in a chromophotograph. She stands by a sink in the kitchen and drinks a glass of water while there is water running from the faucet. As Joni Low argues in her review, “What Wu discovered through these artistic processes was that the meaning of art resides not in the art object, or the artist, but in the context and the experience itself.” Wu has the approach towards the Daoist idea of “the art is merely a container to hold concepts”. Thus, he creates work like “Drinking Water” that is about everyday life, but it is profound because of its simplicity (Joni Low, “Symphony of Riddles: Wu Shanzhuan: Red Humour International”. Available at: http://yishu-online.com/wp-content/uploads/mm-products/uploads/2006_v05_04_low_j_p094.pdf). See the back of this postcard in the link below. (Yifan Shang ‘25)

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