Following the very successful presentation of Miao Xiaochun's work 'Beijing Index' at ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BEIJING, China, we are proud to present his work in our gallery space in Berlin. It is the fourth solo exhibition that the gallery dedicates to the artist and professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
After working with digital art, Miao Xiaochun returns to photography with his series 'Beijing Index'. The artist drafted longitudes and latitudes on a satellite image of Beijing, and as a result the crossing points formed the basis for the design study after which 639 photographs were taken.
Miao Xiaochun uses a round shot camera by Seitz that enables him to take extremely expanded photographs in a 360 degrees angle. The mechanic of the camera allows him to renounce from any individual choice of motif - apart from his personal ideas and favoured themes - and creates a diverse portrait of the rapidly changing Beijing.
Due to the randomness of the fixed design study the artist does not differentiate between indoor and outdoor spaces and thereby depicts the reality of 'public spaces' as much as the intimacy of private spaces. Thus insight into everyday life of migrant workers and salesmen intertwine with the facades of downtown monuments as well as new construction sites at the outskirts of the city.
As an impressive anachronism the artist also developed digitally processed printouts which he laminated onto horizontal silk hand scrolls in the classical Chinese manner. They virtually act as a historical reference to the deprivation of public and private space that was provoked through the transformation process of Beijing.
A publication will be launched end of February 2010
Miao Xiaochun 2009-1999
Uta Grosenick, Alexander Ochs (Eds.)
Gregor Jansen, Wu Hung, Siegfried Zielinski
(German/English, 160 pp., 100 color ills.)