He An: Wind Light as a Thief
JUNE 5 - JULY 19, 2014
OPENING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014 FROM 5:30 TO 8:30PM
5 JUIN - 19 JUILLET 2014
VERNISSAGE LE JEUDI 5 JUIN 2014 DE 17H30 À 20H30
Galerie Templon is showing a series of neon installations by conceptual Chinese artist He An, never before seen in Brussels.
He An's light sculptures are made up of characters stolen – with the complicity of the police and the local mafia – from the signs that light up his native city of Wuhan.
Using these stolen ideograms, often damaged by the weather and the course of time, the artist recreates the names of people who are dear to him. We see the name of his father, a martyr of the regime, and of a Japanese erotic actress, the illicit heroine of his youth when her banned videos circulated secretly in China.
He An's work is autobiographic and obsessive: he offers us an approach to contemporary Chinese society that is both intimate and subversive.
Born in 1972 in Wuhan, He An graduated from the Hubei Beaux-Arts Academy.
Initially interested in the practice of photography, He An now concentrates on sculpture and installations.
In 2009, his first institutional solo exhibition was at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing.
He recently exhibited at “Carnegie International” at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (2013).
In 2013, he was present at “Art Unlimited” during the Basel Fair with Hubble, an installation with a vintage cylindrical advertising sign, stolen from an old building in Wuhan.
In November 2013, the new museum of Nanjing, the Sifang Art Museum, dedicated a major solo exhibition to him at its inauguration.