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Art Stage Singapore    Jan 16 - Jan 19, 2014

The Hundred Surnames in Tofu
Chen Qiulin
The Hundred Surnames in Tofu, 2004
The Hundred Surnames in Tofu
Chen Qiulin
The Hundred Surnames in Tofu, 2004
Chen Qiulin
Tofu, 2004
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Art Stage Singapore

January 16th - 19th

Booth No.:Platform China - 10: Chen Qiulin
VIP Vernissage: 15:00-21:00, January 15 (Thursday)
Public Days:
12pm-7pm, January 16 -17, 2014
11am-7pm, January 18, 2014
11am-6pm, January 19, 2014
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls D - F, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Art Stage Singapore breaks new ground with the announcement of its latest fair component. To be held from 16 to 19 January (Vernissage on 15 January) at Marina Bay Sands, Art Stage Singapore 2014 will introduce country/ region-specific Platforms in collaboration with galleries and curators.

Presented in a curated way, the new part of the fair will present the well-known and emerging artists from Southeast Asia, India, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Renowned curators from the featured countries/regions will take part in the selection process of exhibits. It will be presented in a museum-like exhibition layout – a non-segregated and fluid format –for a dynamic quality of display as well as to allow for the presentation of art in context.

A Thousand Plateaus Art Space is pleased to be invited to participate in Platform China, and will present the artist Chen Qiulin’s installation work “The Hundred Surnames in Tofu”.

Chen Qiulin (b.1975 in Yichang City, Hubei Province, now lives and works in Chengdu) was graduated from Print Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. She is an outstanding artists of China's younger generation, whose works concerned about the social impact of China's political and economic reforms. Chen Qiulin constantly summarizes and visualizes the status quo and various conflicts arising from the challenges of modern life to the traditional value system. Her creation contains multiple media, including video, photograph, installation and sculpture. She is always in a developing and forward situation, introducing bran-new angle of view, and keeping he unique sensitivity to social issues.

Chen Qiulin is an artist who is unused to use the same materials in all the works. In many of her works, she always chooses different materials, some of which seem even strange, such as wastepaper, Tofu, etc. Since 2003, she used Tofu to create a series of works, all of them were weak, easy to be out of shape and go bad, and even cause the audiences upset.

Tofu, with a history of over 2,000 years, is an important part in Chinese cooking culture. It is a magical process that soybeans change into Tofu in an ambiguous taste. Similarly, as an important element of individual identity., family name is also an essential element in Chinese culture and linking individual to the family, race and nation. Chinese summarize numerous ancient family names as “The Hundred Surnames”. The artist, referring to calligraphic fonts, creates 100 Chinese family names made of Tofu, hence making the two ancient civilization’s elements compatible in the most simplified way. As an echo of culture and tradition, Tofu will suffer from the smell, seeping and sluggish decomposition in the exhibition.

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