Curatorial guided tour
of the Danwen Xing's exhibition "A Personal Diary: The Chinese Avant-Garde 1993–2003"

  • Curatorial guided tour

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites to a guided tour of the "A Personal Diary: The Chinese Avant-Garde 1993–2003" exhibition. The tour will be conducted by Mady Szydłowska, Museum's guide.

“A Personal Diary” is a photographic story of the artistic avant-garde in China in the 1990s. The exhibition features more than 140 photographs photographs documenting the life of Chinese avant-gardists not only in the field of visual arts, but also in film, experimental theater and the new music scene.

Danwen Xing’s work is a portrait of the milieu of artists born in the mid-1960s, a generation defined by the experience of the bloody crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. It is a generation that grew up witnessing the country’s political and economic transformation – born during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), the artists began their studies at the time of the political and economic “thaw”, the so-called open-door policy introduced by Deng Xiaoping and China’s opening to the world and free markets.

Danwn Xing

born 1967 in Xi’an, lives and works in Beijing. From 1982-1986, she took a 4 years professional study in painting at the primary art school affiliated to Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts. From 1989-1992, she continued painting and did her BFA at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In the late 80s, coincidentally she met photography and was immediately drawn into this medium. As a self-taught photographer, she was the one of a few artists in late 80s and 90s in China that was exploring the bounderies of photography and using photography as an art form. Through the camera, she observed and challenged the questions on the Chinese society, humanity, female identity and the generation that was born 60s. In 1998, she went to New York with a grant and fellowship from Asian Cultural Council. From 1998-2001, she did her MFA at School of Visual Arts in New York with a chairman grant from SVA. In her current art practice she works, besides photography, also in the field of mixed media, video and multi-media installations. Xing exhibits domestically and internationally, including Whitney Museum of American Art, Pompidou Center, International Center for Photography in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and other places. 

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