8102—On Reality

8102—On Reality
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The title 8102 comes from a satirical meme, one of many to be found online, where the numbers of the year 2018 are put together incorrectly by a group of people who end up celebrating the year 8120. Comic, but it is considered an example of the superficiality with which people approach reality. This group of young artists is called upon to explore this idea and the relationship between the artistic world and reality - is art part of daily life or is it a parallel activity, of a cult-like industry comprised of biennials, fairs and other such things? Is it true that artists are increasingly blinded by the search for authenticity, recognition and affirmation? Six young artists try to answer these questions: Jiang Zhuyun, who uses screens and other technological means to produce moments of introspection. Feng Chen explores the effects of the democratisation of technology, staging wild scenes of daily conflict. Yang Jian uses sentiments such as joy and empathy as examples of universal experiences. Shen Xin trusts the camera to ask questions, as if in a TV interview on the “dislocation” of reality. Wang Tuo uses moving images, texts and painting to create social and collective portraits. And finally, Ma Haijiao thinks of the increased value of time as an antidote to the monotony of modern life.

Chiara Vedovetto - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai