View of “Shi Qing,” 2015. Photo: Xianglin Luo.

View of “Shi Qing,” 2015. Photo: Xianglin Luo.

Shi Qing

Times Museum

View of “Shi Qing,” 2015. Photo: Xianglin Luo.

Shi Qing’s “Hinterland Project” was not a solo exhibition in the strictest sense: Some twenty participants were involved in the undertaking (2015–), which assumed a shape akin to activism or fieldwork. The presentation was divided into nine distinct units, each documenting a subproject engaging questions surrounding the relationship between globalization and the local. Including Night of the Courier, Bus Line, Interior River Courier Service, British Pavilion, Tea Factory, Mobile Plants, Huangbian Village Council, Crimson, and Gallery, these themes evolved from the artist’s proposition for a “taxonomy” of the issues systemic to contemporary art in China. The formulation for this mapping was an attempt to abandon what the artist has described as the oversimplified and interminable conceptual debate over contemporary art’s social potential, and to move beyond the postcolonial debates

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