Born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 1962
Xiao Lu was one of the early rebels of Chinese art, and she is still best known not for making an artwork but for shooting one. In 1989 during the inauguration of the exhibition “China / Avant-Garde” at the National Art Museum, Beijing, the artist presents the glass installation “Dialogue” and fires two shots on the glass parts. This provocative action, caused an uproar in the world, Xiao Lu, she was arrested and later released, but remained abroad for several years.The action devoted his work internationally and his figure making it become a sort of icon of contemporary Chinese art. For over fifteen years, the artist has never wanted to talk about or comment on her action. Neither wanted to repeat it. It was important for that moment, because it was right to exist and to tell the world the birth of feminist art in China, for the rights of women. She then continued to operate in installations, sculpture, photography and mixed media. In a video-biography, the artist says that all her works stem from a profound reflection on the life of a “state of bless” intrinsic. As in the case of “Sperm” about biological pregnancy, all in search of the essence, of the known and the unknown. Time,Transcendence, Energy, Harmony, Metamorphosis, all ingredients are well mixed in his works, installations and performances. The actionof the shots was repeated in 2003, with two gunshot wounds to her photograph and distance of fifteen years (including the shot in the exhibition “OPEN FIRE”).
TAIKANG LIFE, BEIJING, CHINA; MOMA NY, USA;WHITE RABBIT CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTION, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA;MUSEU DE ARTE DE MACAU;MUSEUMOF CONTEMPORARY ART, SINGAPORE;SHANGHAIZENDAI MUSEUMOF MODERN ART; DA XING ART SPACE, TAIWAN.
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