Forever: Mating Season, No. 11, a Site-Specific Performative Intervention

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Chinese artist Han Bing (1974—) has long been...
Forever
Venue: 
KHOJ Studios
Date: 
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Participants: 
Han Bing

Chinese artist Han Bing (1974—) has long been preoccupied with the human costs and consequences of the contemporary obsession with consumption as a dominant standard of value in so-called "modern society." His performative interventions in public space, and multimedia performance installations, as well as photography, video, painting and sculpture works, frequently engage questions revolving around the larger fallout of China's "modernisation" as a metonym for existential, social and environmental predicaments facing human societies in the throes and thrall of "development" everywhere.

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KHOJ Guest Artist HAN Bing presents Om: Mating Season, No. 11, a Site-Specific Performative Intervention

Chinese artist Han Bing (1974—) has long been preoccupied with the human costs and consequences of the contemporary obsession with consumption as a dominant standard of value in so-called "modern society." His performative interventions in public space, and multimedia performance installations, as well as photography, video, painting and sculpture works, frequently engage questions revolving around the larger fallout of China's "modernisation" as a metonym for existential, social and environmental predicaments facing human societies in the throes and thrall of "development" everywhere. Having performed widely in across China, and in the US, Europe, Japan and the UK, Han Bing joins Khoj on 11 March, at 8:30 pm as a guest artist to present his first site-specific performative intervention in India, Om: Mating Season, No. 11.

Han Bing's series of performative intervention, installation, video and photography works, Mating Season (2001—), is an ongoing exploration of the gulf between social classes, shifting contemporary values and power relations in society and explores the boundaries between profane and sacred, platonic and erotic, in relation to material culture. Many works in this series involves the eroticisation and celebration of the ordinary, quotidian, objects that sustain the lives of common people in China and elsewhere, such as red bricks, shovels and other tools of manual labour, coal briquettes, cabbages—the cheap staple food of the poor that are seen as unglamorous signs of being backward, rural, poor, hick, and marginal.

Conversely, this new iteration of Mating Season offers a parodic exploration of the ecological consequences of our contemporary deification of products and fetishisation of consumptive excess, focusing in particular upon the waste produced by the frenzied consumption of our societies. For this work, Han Bing has sourced non-biodegradable plastic and other kinds of garbage from local garbage pickers who work Delhi's sprawling landfills—and for whom, ironically, recyclable garbage is a source of material sustenance in the short-term, even as the out-of-control proliferation of plastic and other waste threatens us and our planet in the long-term. Using this mound of trash as an erotic interlocutor, Han Bing asks us to think about the production of desire and value-standards, the niche practices of consumption and waste that they constitute and perpetuate, and their larger consequences for our world and for us individually and collectively.

—Maya Kóvskaya PhDKhoj Critic in Residence

For details on Han Bing's performance and the SEZ Who intervention, please see: http://khojworkshop.org/blog/details_events_11th_march_2010)

BRIEF ARTIST BIO

Han Bing (born in Jiangsu, China) grew up in an impoverished village in rural China and studied art at Xuzhou Normal University and the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Art. Exploring the struggles and desires of ordinary people in China's "theater of modernization," he employs photography, video, multimedia installation, performance art and public interventions, as well as, sculpture and painting, to invert quotidian practice, reinvent everyday objects, explore the paradoxes of desire, and ask us to rethink the order of things. His work has been shown a major international exhibitions and belongs to public and private collections in Asia, the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Han Bing's work has been shown worldwide at venues including the Centre Pompidou (France, 2008); Asia Triennial Manchester (UK, 2008); Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival (France, 2007); The Crow Collection Museum, Dallas (USA, 2008); Columbia Museum of Art (USA, 2007); FOAM Fotographie Museum of Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2005); Dashanzi International Art Festival DIAF (PRC, 2005, 2006); Pingyao Photography Festival (PRC, 2002) and many others. Recent noteworthy group shows include China...Forward!!! at Tsum in Moscow via Galerie Albert Benamou (Russia, 2008); the Fotofest 2008 12th Biennial of Photography - China Under Construction II at Deborah Colton Gallery (USA, 2008); Multiple Realities at F2 Gallery (PRC, 2008); Interval of Silence at Red Star Gallery (PRC, 2008), China Under Construction I at Deborah Colton Gallery (USA, 2008); Dragon's Evolution: Chinese Contemporary Photography at the NYC China Square Art Center (USA, 2007), Beyond Experience: New China at Arario Beijing (PRC, 2006), LOVE Expo, Barcelona-Pekin-Paris, and Proyecto Generos I and II at Espace Cultural Ample (Spain, 2006-2008), and many others.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS include a joint solo show with the venerable Orimoto Tatsumi, Quotidian Iconic—Quotidian Holy Mother (Jing Art Gallery, Shanghai, PRC, 2006); Walking the Cabbage in Tokyo (Japan, 2006); Love in the Age of Big Construction at UC Berkeley, Center for East Asian Studies (USA, 2006); Other Modernities (Bamboo Lane Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2006); The Other Shore of Desire at UCLA (USA, 2006); On the Stage of Modernization (Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX, USA, 2007); Age of Big Construction (Beijing New Art Projects, PRC, 2007); Everyday Desire in the Theater of Chinese Modernization (Beursschouwburg Art Center, Brussels, Belgium, 2007); The Fatalistic Language of Things (Columbia Art Museum, SC, USA, 2007); Green Peace—Walking the Cabbage Across America (USA, 2006-2007); Walking the Cabbage in Paris (Galerie Reflex, Paris, France, 2007), The Walking the Cabbage Movement in Manchester hosted by the Asia Triennial Manchester (UK, 2008), and The Walking the Cabbage Project (The International 3, UK, 2008) and others.

Han Bing's performance at Khoj also takes place in conjunction with “A Cry from the Narrow Between”—a two person exhibition of works by Bombay-based artist Tejal Shah (1979- ) and Beijing-based artist Han Bing (1974- ), hosted by Gallery Espace.Date: Friday, March 12, 2010...Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (with performance from 7:30 to 8:30 pm)