Art as an Antidote to Solitude

Art as an Antidote to Solitude
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The personal exhibition of He Xiangyu, artist living between Beijing and Berlin, presents three different types of work that invite the spectator to take on the principal themes of the artist’s highly successful career both in China and abroad. Hard Palate isn’t just the title of the exhibition, but also a series of the same name that the artist has continually worked on since 2012. Inspired by a personal experience of incommunicability caused by a language barrier, the series is a universal reflection on how the inability to communicate is often inevitable, even between people who are close to one another. The work of art seeks to be an antidote, resistance and a cure for the discomfort caused by one’s one solitude. The reference to the oral cavity, as a place in the throes of incommunicability, is also present in this exhibition, albeit metaphorical rather than the more outward expressions, such as that of the Venice Biennial in 2019. The grand works of the series are a sort of mouth, ready to swallow the spectators, when seen together with their intricate lines and colours. With these new works is Asian Boy - recalling Little Boy which changed the world 75 years ago - the portrait of a child in stainless steel shown about to open something, an invisible can of Coke according to the artist, which has slipped out of his hands, leaving him in a constant wait. The video Terminal 3, meanwhile, seeks to bring the spiritual sphere and that of daily life together through a young African studying acrobatics in China.

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