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  • Nina Canell, Reflexologies, 2016, mixed media, dimensions variable.

    Nina Canell, Reflexologies, 2016, mixed media, dimensions variable.

    Nina Canell

    Leo Xu Projects

    “Reflexology,” the title of Nina Canell’s first solo exhibition in China, seemed an apt topic for a culture that has long purported the medicinal benefits of foot massage. Entering the sparse ground-floor gallery space, which was carpeted in a dingy, low-shag, wall-to-wall industrial chartreuse, one immediately noticed the imprint of the sole of a single shoe or slipper seamlessly inlaid into the carpet’s surface. At first it appeared to be a house painter’s accident, a haphazard mistake, but closer inspection revealed a tattered and well-traveled history. As the title piece to the exhibition,

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