It was a privilege to write about Guan Wei’s work for this exhibition at Heiser Gallery. Closing 17 September.
From the catalogue essay, Guan Wei: Bird.Map.Shadow, 2016:
The burgeoning globalisation that has characterised 21st century life has recently been discom ted by high pro le events such as the referendum on the departure of Britain from the European Union (Brexit), Donald Trump’s elevation to presidential contender in the US, and the stream of Middle Eastern refugees that continue to leave their homes to perforate the borders of European countries. Artist Guan Wei was an earlier victim of political unrest, departing China after 1989 and the Tiananmen Square uprising. Although now resident between Sydney and Beijing, he continues to be the victim of cultural instability, evicted from his studio in Beijing in May 2011, a result of the volatile nature of China during this period of rapid industrialisation. His practice, exhibition history, and interests are influenced by his Australian domicile, but remain global in their scope…