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September 2019, English/Chinese
21×27 cm, 416 pages, 40 b/w and 420 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-511-4
Double Standards
Times Art Center Berlin
Out of print

The catalogue of the eponymous inaugural exhibition at Times Art Center Berlin, founded in November 2018. Through four essays by critics and curators, as well as texts and images of the works on exhibit—more than eighty works by nearly sixty artists—the book aims to present a vital component of the Chinese art world which is under-represented on the global art scene, namely the contemporary art production from the Pearl River Delta (PRD). A highly specific region of China with its distinct cultural characteristics and traditions, the PRD has been closely related to international influences and interwoven with popular culture. Frequent exchanges between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, the impacts of Hong Kong’s popular culture, film, television and pop music concerning visual culture, coupled with a sensitivity for and references to international new media art, led to rapid experimentation in video art across the entire PRD. By adopting the medium of moving images, artists from the PRD are looking for freedom and forms of resistance against dominant ideology and powers, turning ordinary gestures into artistic strategies to construct diverse “personal utopias.” Their video practices represent the most ground-breaking and powerful visions of contemporary art and culture in the PRD. The PRD has become a creative hub for international exchange and art activities, as well as a deviating model which inspires artists from other parts of the world.

Hou Hanru, Artistic Director of MAXXI (National museum of 21st Century Arts) in Rome. Born in Guangzhou, he has organized and co-organized numerous significant exhibitions, such as Cities on the Move (1997–99) and the most recent The Street. Where the World Is Made (2018–19), and international biennials and triennials (Johannesburg, Shanghai, Gwangju, Venice, Istanbul, Lyon, Shenzhen, etc.).

Xi Bei, Artistic Director of the Times Art Center Berlin. She has participated in the organization of various exhibitions, including Zone of Urgency (Venice Biennale, 2003), Lyon Biennale (2009), Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture (2017) and so on.