A retrospective of the performances, photographs, installations and videos of the avant-garde collective that disrupted the Chinese cultural scene in the 1990s.
Big Tail Elephant ("Big Tail Elephants Working Group"), comprised of artists Chen Shaoxiong, Liang Juhui, Lin Yilin, and Xu Tan, was active during the 1990s in Guangzhou, the heart of the Pearl River Delta region. From 1991 to 1996, Big Tail Elephants self-organized five exhibitions in temporary spaces that varied from cultural palaces, to bars, as well as the basements of commercial buildings and outdoor venues. In 1998, collective presentations of the group's recent works were staged at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Kunsthalle Bern. After 1998, Big Tail Elephants received a number of invitations to participate in international exhibitions but stopped working together as a group. The decade from 1990 to 2000 saw distinctive developments arise within the once-peripheral contemporary art scene of the Pearl River Delta region, viewed in part as a result of the combined forces of China's explosive economic growth also found throughout Asia in general—and the twin projects of modernization and urbanization. Witnessing and experiencing this complex set of realities, Big Tail Elephants strove for the autonomy and legitimacy of artists and artistic production, and made positive impacts on the cultural landscape of southern China in the 1990s.
Edité par Xi Bei, Hou Hanru, Yu Hsiaohwei.
Texts by Hou Hanru, Yu Hsiaohwei, Chen Shaoxiong, Lin Yilin, Zhao Bing, Nikita Yingqian Cai, Hervé Gauville, Liang Juhui, Chen Tong, Xu Tan, Monica Dematté, Anthony Yung, Tang Di, Bernard Fibicher, Melissa Chiu, Nikita Yingqian Cai, Hu Fang...
Published with Time Art Center (Berlin).
2023 (publication expected by 2nd quarter)
bilingual edition (English / Chinese)
560 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-37896-398-9
EAN : 9782378963989