• Liu Chuang, Untitled (Dancing Partner), 2010, digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes 15 seconds. From “Digging a Hole in China.”

    “Digging a Hole in China”

    OCAT Shenzhen | OCAT深圳馆
    Building F2, Enping Street, Nanshan
    March 19–June 18

    Curated by Venus Lau

    The accelerated pace of urbanization has long occupied the imagination of Chinese artists, particularly in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and during the years leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to the land on which development frenetically takes place, an issue foregrounded by the perpetually contested status of private property in a Communist state. “Digging a Hole in China” explores the ways in which artists have since the mid-1990s engaged with the land and its attendant politics in practices that have been subject to legal and socially enforced regulations. Featuring fifteen-odd works, including installations, site-specific projects, and photographs by such artists as Xu Tan, Lin Yilin, Cao Fei, Zheng Guogu, and Zhang Liaoyuan, the show promises a different view of life, from the ground up.