Liang Shaoji, Chains: The Unbearable Lightness of Being/Nature Series No.79 (2003). Polyurethane colophony, iron powder, silk, cocoons. Dimensions variable. Exhibition view: Frieze London (15 October–18 October 2014). Courtesy ShanghART and the artist.
To mark the opening of Art Basel Hong Kong and our Asia+ sales, five international curators each tip the Chinese contemporary artist they feel most excited about right now.
Lu Yang Recommended by David Elliot, curator of the Hayward Gallery's Art From Elsewhere exhibition (currently at the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery)
'At last, women artists are beginning to make a strong impact in fields of Chinese performance, video and conceptual art. At the forefront of these is Shanghai-based Lu Yang (born 1984) whose unsettling animation Uterusman (2013) I curated last year year in three different exhibitions and events, at MOMENTUM Berlin, the Hors Piste Film Festival in Tokyo and A Time for Dreams, the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Uterusman plays the role of an androgynous superhero who, in a battle-orientated computer game, satirically displays his/her all-conquering special powers through cycles of menstruation and birth. Lu Yang has transcended robot cliches to present a chilling, darkly humorous vision of increasingly mechanistic humanity.'