No Name by Wang Ningde

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No Name by Wang Ningde

From September 25, 2020 16:00 to November 15, 2020 17:00


Posted by Galleri Image

No Name by Wang Ningde

Galleri Image presents No Name by Chinese artist Wang Ningde. The exhibition opened 25 September 2020.

The No Name exhibition at Galleri Image celebrates the 70 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China in 2020. A book will be published in connection to the exhibition.

On Saturday 24 October at 2 pm Galleri Image will host a book launch with Wang Ningde, the book's contributing writers Lisa A. Orcutt and Gitte Broeng as well as graphic designer Lasse Krog Møller. The artist and Lisa A. Orcutt will be participating from Beijing via video call.

About the exhibition 
The exhibition No Name at Galleri Image revolves around photographic pieces by Chinese artist Wang Ningde, which explore power dynamics between authority and public space. Like much of Wang Ningde’s work, the pieces manifest a keen sensibility in response to contemporary issues.

The artworks in the exhibition No Name are constructed with photographed paint smudges. Since 2015, Wang Ningde has visited different cities in China, photographically collecting thousands of paint smudges on public walls. The photographs depicted places where the city administration had painted over unauthorized advertisements in an attempt to conceal them. The paint smudges often stand out, as the aesthetics are not in general a priority for the city administrations. Some make an effort to match the wall, although in the end the paint is still quite noticeable and marks the tensions between the different participants in urban space.  

Wang Ningde reutilises the photographed paint smudges to create new images of expressive portraits and art historical moments. In a digital editing process, he constructs with his own photographs’ new motifs on top of pictures of protesters or social events. His final step in the digital editing process is to remove the background picture completely, leaving only the vivid brushstrokes of the paint smears. Wang’s artwork then also addresses the complex entangled relation between photography and painting.  

The title of the exhibition No Name refers to the nameless participants in public space, such as the unnamed citizens and nameless urban spaces. The paint smudges begin as cover-ups on the urban, social facade, then transformed by Wang Ningde to emphasise the emotional and cultural tensions in public.

About the artist 
Wang Ningde (b. 1972) graduated from the Photography Department at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He lives and works in Beijing. Wang is one of the leading contemporary visual artists in China. He is working mainly with photography and installation, using multiple forms to expand the boundaries of visual art. His artworks have been exhibited globally at galleries and art museums in USA, Australia, Asia and Europe. Wang Ningde has received numerous awards, and his artworks are included in several collections, such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing and The White Rabbit Collection in Sydney.

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During the exhibition period, Galleri Image will announce more events in connection with No Name. The events will be presented in collaboration with PhD Mette Thunø, Associate Professor in China Studies at Aarhus University and Jette Sunesen, Director of Aarhus Centre for Literature. 

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, the S.C. Van Foundation, the Augustinus Foundation, The Aarhus Stiftstidende Foundation, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Foundation and the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen)  

On 2 May, 10.30 – 3 pm, Galleri Image and The China Studies, Aarhus University had planned to present the symposium
Contemporary Chinese Art and Artist: Concerns, Possibilities and Constraints. The symposium was cancelled due to Covid-19, but would have featured the following guest speakers: Wang Ningde (artist), Duan Yuting (Director of Museum of Photography in Lianzhou), Sasha Su-Ling Welland (Associate Professor University of Washington).