Huang Yong Ping

Ateliers d’Artistes

Huang Yong Ping’s site-specific installation, entitled Trois pas, neuf traces (Three steps, nine paths, 1995–96) reflected on the differences between various Chinese traditions and those of other cultures. In the past, Huang’s work often consisted of intricate networks of disparate elements that include references to Chinese culture, but many of those works remained somewhat hermetic. In this installation, however, the references to Chinese culture served above all as a textured, resonant background to the work.

Upon entering the space, the spectator was forced to step onto a “continent” formed out of plaster that displayed three sets of extremely large footprints. Collectively, the footprints referred to Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity—one mark in each set representing the foot of Muhammad, one that of Christ, and the other that of Buddha. The pattern in which they were arranged derived

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