Guan Xiao (b.1983, China)

Chinese artist Guan Xiao (b. 1983, Chongqing) works with multiple media including video and sculpture. She received her BA in Directing at the Communication University of China in 2006 and is known for juxtaposing the past and future, primitive and classical, crude and high-tech and combining the various elements into a distinct and unique formal aesthetic.

She practices from the standpoint that the internet’s openness provides a kind of flat surface on which to work, with a lack of hierarchy in the contemporary visual world. Guan Xiao: “(my world is) a flat and mixed situation where (I use) a particular visual language to re-weave all various materials to discuss the possibility of ‘watching’ and ‘practicing’ from a variety of perspectives”.

Guan has exhibited internationally including at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul; the Shanghai Art Museum and the Art Museum of Nanjing University of Art.

Other exhibitions include: 'La Vie Moderne', the 13th Biennale de Lyon, 2015; 'Surround Audience', New Museum Triennale, New York, 2015; 'Performance and Imaginations: Photography from China 1911-2014', Museum Stavanger, Norway, 2014; 'Degeneration', ACAF, Sydney, 2014; 'Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics', M HKA Museum, Antwerp, 2014; Film Section, Basel Hong Kong, Agnes B Cinema, Hong Kong, 2014; 'Die 8 Wege', Uferhallen, Berlin, 2013; and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, 2013; 'Difference Engine', Magician Space, Beijing, 2013; 'Video Unchained', AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai, 2013; 'China Design Now', Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2007; and 'Floating - New Generation of Art in China', National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2007.

Her work also features in the book 'The Future Will Be…China', by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Her solo show 'Survivor Hunting' at The Magician Space, Beijing, 2013 was recommended by Frieze Magazine.

Guan Xiao was shortlisted with other five artists from China and Southeast Asia for the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART: Award for Emerging Artists 2015.

Guan Xiao lives and works in Beijing.

Xiao, Guan b.1983

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