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

 

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Photograph

Exhibition Event Title

Bird before peace

Date of Exhibition Event

1993

Location of Exhibition Event

FONTANELLE, Potsdam

Materials

Photograph printed on postcard

Description

This work is titled “An Appreciation”, and was photographed in the Moderna Museet, Stockholm in October 1992. This work was the first time Wu Shanzhuan collaborated with Inga Svala Thorsdottir, and was later exhibited in FONTANELLE, Potsdam in 1993. In the photograph, Wu pissed into one of the urinals signed by Dunchamp that was on display in the Moderna Museet. The main approach of Wu and Thorsdottir is that “the true ‘appreciation’ of a thing is precisely the use of this thing”. From the artists’ perspective, “Dunchamp insulted the urinal by forbidding its use”. Thus, Wu shows the “ritual value” of a urinal by objecting the defunctionalization of it in the exhibition space (The Right (of Human and Things) to Become Extraordinary. Available at: http://www.randian-online.com/np_feature/the-right-of-humans-and-things-to-become-extra-ordinary/). See the link below for the back of this postcard. (Yifan Shang ‘25)

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