For many, Xiao’s reputation is colored by early works that took human and animal bodies as both theme and material, making him a stand-in for a whole generation of artists who were seen as competing to be the cruelest and the coolest.The core of his work resides in his testing the limits of social realities and ethics.Furthermore, this exhibition is also a turning point for the artist himself.As we mentioned before, the theme “turn around” also signifies the artist’s return to aesthetics, from the social themes and issues he has customarily addressed.
Since the 1980s, this kind of symbolism has been very common in installation work.
Once the force that bent it increases, snapping is inevitable.
Once that force is gone, the bamboo will “turn around” and return to it original state, hence the phrase, “turn around.” This is how Xiao comprehends the material and its flexibility, and how he turned this conceptual understanding into the theme of his exhibition.
raised up by Xiao He, cast down by Xiao He (idiom), alluding to Han Xin 韓信｜韩信 being made Grand General 大將軍｜大将军 / fig.
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