sino al 22 gennaio gli spazi espositivi della galleria Artericambi di Verona ospiato la mostra PLEASE BE THE WORLD YOU PROMISED TO BE, personale dell’artista Mo Kong curata da Sarah Crow. Si tratta della prima esibizione dell’artista cinese in Europa, da anni residente a Brooklyn. La mostra presenta grandi installazioni video, oltre a una serie di interessanti opere multimediali, sculture, dipinti ed anche disegni.
Mo Kong is among the most of adroit observers of China’s industrialized, globalized, and heavily censored condition. His practice describes with uncommon precision the influence local politics have on geology, sociology and architecture in China and the resulting destruction of nature, social and emotional traumas, and negative effects on the human psyche. Furthermore, Kong’s works visually elaborate the role and responsibility mass media and journalism have while falsely reporting- about these issues. The video installation ‘See, Sun, and Think The Shadow’ (2016) represents the centerpiece of the exhibition and addresses the anxiety mining gave to the artist himself. A digital collage of existing footage, video animations, and sounds and symbols from our social media culture merge into a carousel of fictional and nonfictional data, similar to a navigation through a video game. “The constant mining process, landscape destruction, and sinkholes everywhere brought me to think about the symbolism of holes and the meaning of filling holes, gaps, and mental/physical cracks. The work is a miniature of personal and emotional reaction to both the real and the virtual world. It projects the abuse of land, corruption, the government’s censorship, and environmental pollution in my personal life,” Kong states. Two additional multi-media installations and a series of two-dimensional works complete this centerpiece and create an interconnected parkour for the visitor offering a plethora of visual metaphors for the hidden issues in that society. Inspired by real facts, footage from the internet, and personal interviews, Mo Kong used that material to build his work, mixing into it fictional elements, characters and imaginative solutions to the point where a distinction between reality and fiction becomes difficult and the emotional instability evident, thus leading us to the penultimate question: Can virtual identities on the internet represent, and more importantly,substitute political figures and systems?
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