Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul
The group show Essential Matters, presents for the first time in Turkey eminent and emerging moving image works from China. With more than 30 new media artists, the exhibition focuses on different generations views of China through certain metaphors in their work. Essential Matters has a special place among these metaphors. Artists accentuate different perspectives of viewing Chinese society. The most important feature that makes their work this impressive and genuine is the effort to capture “reality” as framed by their individual, conceptual and imaginary decisions.
The exhibition represents different generations that use video techniques and real time based media, ranging from Zang Peili (born 1957) to Tao Hui (born 1987). This pluralism has been integral to the exhibition’s conceptual framework since it both grants the exhibition a historical perspective and enables the viewers to grasp the “differences of approach” in the Chinese contemporary art scene. Seen together, the works offer the viewer a range of fictional worlds to inhabit.