9 Avenue Hoche, Paris
October 19th through 23th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 19th
LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present “Girls: Portraits, Fantasies and Troubles”, a group exhibition curated for gallery’s second-year participation in Asia Now. The booth includes a selection of photographs, installations, sculptures and videos created by Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, and others, which carefully study individual and collective emotions, experiences and expressions of young female Chinese in their everyday and professional life.
New to the gallery stable, Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Liao attempts to smash the stereotypes of hierarchies in relationship and gender roles by presenting a body of bold and experimental works — “A Collection of Penises” (2013-present) shows a collection of nineteen pink soft fabric models of male genitals in various possible shapes created by the artist’s partner; “Start your day with a good breakfast” (2009) is a selfie of the artist and her partner interacting in explicit and provocative manners. Having studied and lived in Beijing and New York, Copenhagen-based Liu Shiyuan presents a playful sculpture “But My Apple…” (2015) that captures a subtle second-thought on female’s sensibility.
The booth includes works created by male artists that delivers varied perspectives on women’s social status, identities and emotional interactions. Liu Chuang’s new installation from his major series “Buying Everything on You” (2014) is an inquisitive portraiture of a young girl from Shenzhen, a new Chinese mega city bordering to Hong Kong, analyzing in full aspects of young female’s life and career status in China’s southern city and new economy. Adapted from an amorous Spam email, Cheng Ran’s “Simply Wild” (2014) tells a contemporary romance that happens beyond cyber experience. Guo Hongwei’s video collage “Miss Oyu” (2014) transformed Kenji Mizoguchi’s same-titled cinematic classic into a complicated love triangle and contemporary tragedy.