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Chenchenchen | THE MERCY OF NOT KILLING
15. Juni 2018 - 20. Juli 2018
Opening: Friday 15 June, 7 pm
Chenchenchen (陈陈陈, a.k.a. ccc, b. 1987) is a Chinese conceptual artist best known for his performance “The Mercy of Not Killing 2.0”, in which he hung ten construction workers from the edges of a 34-meter high tower in Wuxi. In his work, ccc often employs the human body to ponder the social conditions of modern society. Working in performance, digital art, painting and sculpture simultaneously, his multi-medial projects interact and constitute a series of parallel worlds. They are coherently arranged into ccc’s futuristic panorama of “Poor Sci-Fi”: a techno-dystopian vision derived from the struggles of everyday life. His work is smart and spectacular, addressing issues specific to Chinese culture while noting the individual ramifications of life in a globalised world. Where traditional values and norms seem suspended, ccc projects a humanistic vision, highlighting the positive powers of universal human values.
Following ccc’s seminal presentation at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in 2017 and numerous exhibitions in China, this is his first solo-show in Europe. On view will be interactive multimedia installations, large-scale photo prints and mixed media from two long-term bodies of work: “The Mercy of Not Killing” and “Possible Babies”.
The exhibition is a joint project of the international art-agency & pop-up gallery MO-Industries and the gallery Migrant Bird Space, which has been shining a light on the best of Chinese con-temporary art in Berlin and Beijing since 2015.