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  • Wang Jianwei

    Zendai Museum of Modern Art | 证大现代艺术馆

    It is unsurprising that Wang Jianwei’s epic solo show at Zendai moma, “Hostage,” was inspired by a reading of the works of Pierre Bourdieu. Like Bourdieu, whose “theory of practice” was grounded in empirical data, Wang might also be considered a cultural sociologist of sorts, basing his theories and art on firsthand study. In his 1995 film Production, Wang’s fly-on-the-wall observations of the flow of information among the patrons of a traditional Sichuan teahouse could be read as an endeavor more ethnographic than artistic. The same could be said of Living Elsewhere, Wang’s 1998 video documenting

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