22 September – 24 October 2015
Beetles+Huxley presents the UK’s first retrospective of Beijing artist Wang Qingsong. The show, comprising of 10 large-format photographic works, explores the role of spectacle in shaping reality in contemporary China and marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in London for almost 10 years.
Born at the start of the Cultural Revolution, Qingsong’s provocative, and often humorous works comment on the overwhelming social and visual changes which have taken place in his native country over the last four and a half decades. Working predominantly in the mediums of photography and film, his pieces are known for their massive scale, deep symbolism and careful staging, which can sometimes take several weeks and involve up to 300 extras.
The globalisation of China and the explosion of consumerism are key topics in Qingsong’s oeuvre. His interest in Western art history is also a recurrent theme which blends into Chinese aesthetic motives and literary traditions contributing to this feel of staged documentary.