China

Confluent Imaginaries

With any attempt to showcase China’s contemporary art, murmurings of the country’s place in the global landscape dominates. Echoes of this resonate in the Pavilion’s theme: transfiguration. It speaks of the radiance of its art. What arises is the notion of change. Emergent, changing tastes are a dictate of the marketplace, ever on the ready to consume creativity. It whispers the name of change, of newness, of the disjuncture between past and present, presence and loss – without adopting agitative, confrontational postures. It ruptures the easy, traditional delineations between dominants and margins. Such is its intent focus on the expansive Middle. Such are the middling tensions between difference and indifference. Homogeneity and divergence converge on the artifacts here. In resisting the baiting of liberal sensibilities, it utters the unspoken.

The China Pavilion thus stakes a claim against the commodifying of dissent by foregrounding a reality of contemporary Chinese art: that it is far more subtle and nuanced than those that an artist such as Ai Weiwei is wont to show to the world. Is it possible to give this nuance and subtlety a more permanent presence within the onslaught of the marketplace?

Lim Lee Ching

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) (public institute)
Artists:
He Yunchang; Hu Yaolin; Miao Xiaochun; Shu Yong; Wang Qingsong; Zhang Xiaotao; Tong Hongsheng
Curator:
Wang Chunchen

Curator

Name:
Wang Chunchen
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1980
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Tong Hongsheng
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1967
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Zhang Xiaotao
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1970
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Wang Qingsong
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1966
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Shu Yong
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1974
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Miao Xiaochun
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1964
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
2

Artist

Name:
Hu Yaolin
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1977
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
He Yunchang
Gender:
Male
Born:
China, 1967
Lives and works in:
China
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Shanghai

Politics & Economics

State System:
Single-party state
Ruling Political Party:
Communist Party
Population (World Bank, 2011):
1,344,130,000
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$5,445
Unemployment (World Bank, 2011):
4.1% of the labor force
World Bank credit:
$10,990,000,000
Net OECD ODA Aid Received (2011):
-$790,210,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
$166,107,000,000

Alliances


G20
World Bank debt
Non-Aligned Movement
WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1949 (establishment of the People's Republic of China)
Last Major Border Revision:
Ongoing border disputes
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
82
Nuclear Force?
Yes
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
Human rights organizations report violations of human rights, repressive policies on ethnic minorities and dissidents, censorship of press and lack of democratic rights. China is not recognized by 22 UN memberstates incl. the Holy See, which has recognized Taiwan instead. China claims authority over Taiwan and South Tibet. Other disputed areas include Aksai Chin, Paracel and the Spratly islands.
Participation in Multinational Missons:
UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, Cyprus, Darfur, Israel & the Middle East, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liberia, Sudan and Western Sahara.