Under the Sign of Saturn - Qin Jin, Chen Dandizi, Lin Yuqi

Under the Sign of Saturn - Qin Jin, Chen Dandizi, Lin Yuqi
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Under the Sign of Saturn presents the video installations by artists Qin Jin (born in 1976 in Canton where she lives and works), Chen Dandizi (born in the Guanxi region in 1990, living and working in Canton), Lin Yuqi (born in the Fujian region in 1994, living and working in Canton), among the most interesting and original voices of the Chinese art scene. The exhibition, the title of which is inspired by a text by Susan Sontag Under the Sign of Saturn, is a reflection on how the Saturnine characteristics - moody, introspective - of an artist can have an impact on their modus operandi. Saturn is the planet of melancholy, of mood swings, of solitude - characteristics which are amply explored in the works on display. Qin Jin - who was the teacher of both Chen Dandizi and Lin Yuqi in the past - is a multifaceted artist whose work ranges from paintings to installations and even large murals, often reflecting on the value of memory in as much as it is an instrument of introspection on both micro and macroscopic levels. In her work, the ordinary is rife with pathos, but, above all, there is always an intimate, highly personal vision. Chen Dandizi takes on the theme of alienation from one’s self, especially solitude in the light of the conflictual relationship between urban living and the individual. Lin Yuqi, meanwhile, looks at the incapacity to confer a precise identity, a face to the protagonists of their films, not wanting to fossilise them in an identity which, otherwise, is in constant evolution.

Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai