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Chen Han (born in 1973 in Shenyang in Northern China but living and working in Beijing today) and Xie Qi (born in 1974 in Chongqing in Southern China but living and working in Beijing today) use a pictorial language geared towards the study of the essence of sentiments and an analysis of the human soul, particularly focusing on the fears and weaknesses enclosed in the subconscious. The subject portrayed by Xie Qi appear crystallised on the canvas - the energetic brushstrokes used by the artist - one of China’s most intense painters - often don’t sculpt and define the traits of the individual precisely, while the light, used almost theatrically, adds a dramatic element to the hazy features of the figures portrayed. The painting of Chen Han is equally characterised by emotional pathos - while being a figurative painter, Chen is also capable of transmitting intimate and introspective traits onto the canvas. The brushstrokes used to represent scenes of embraces and other forms of interaction between people, celebrate the artisan aspect of painting. The exhibition reveals two personalities that complement each other and two styles that, while being different, show a powerful fascination for the human soul and all its complexity.