23. May 2020

Xiao Lu (b. 1962, Hangzhou) is an artist who works with performance art, installation and video art. When she participated in the 1989 China/Avant-Garde exhibition in Beijing with her work Dialogue, she suddenly shot her own work with a gun, causing an immediate shutdown of the exhibition. When the Tiananmen Square massacre occurred four months later, her action became heavily politicised, referred to as “the first gunshots of Tiananmen”. Xiao Lu is considered one of China’s most influential and provocative female artists, and the subject is most often gender, relationship with men and the self.

Xiao Lu sends us a calligraphy work for the project. She currently lives in Beijing, where she still does not give up on creating her works, regardless of everything is being controlled. Her calligraphy, Titles, represents “my living time in isolation, the speech in isolation too. You know, since Feb. to now, I had titled on Wetchat for 5 times on one WeChat account. Before this account was just a temporary title, now permanent title.”

Beijing, 19/05/2020

Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.

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