Xi'an Conversations

    • Date
      2016.06.18 14:30-16:00 
    • Guest
      Aniwar Mamat
    • Moderator
      Karen Smith
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Aniwar Mamat's work is unique within Chinese contemporary art, first for his distinctive artistic language, which approaches abstraction, although the artist is always careful to say that it begins from nature, emotion, light rather than purely non-representational concepts. Over time, he reduced readable forms, such as figures, flowers and elements of nature, to pure colour and a form of geometric line that is intended to create a spatial sensation across the surface of a painting or textile work such as those on display in "Felt".
Second, Aniwar's approach draws deeply on his cultural roots, which are part of the rich, colourful traditions of aesthetic sensibilities found in Xinjiang and its textile heritage. Aniwar brings to this tradition a contemporary language – the geometric and spatial arrangements of bands of colour. For the felt works shown here, Aniwar worked alongside the craftsmen to determine the range of natural-dye pigments to be used, and the proportions of the strips of felt to be produced and dyed. These were then composed in a painterly pattern by laying the coloured bands across the surface of a larger sheet of felt. The whole was then rolled using a bamboo mat – as if making a giant sushi roll – until the material was compressed together and the final form of the paintings was achieved.
Aniwar's felt works are remarkable examples of contemporary textile art unlike the traditional patterns and pictorial motifs used across Central Asia. The felt pieces are complemented by photographic works, which echo similar sentiments and emotions reflecting the artist's interest in light. Photography and film continue to be a vital part of Aniwar's artistic vocabulary. On June 18, we will invite participating artist Aniwar Mamat to talk about his works and art practice. Come and join us!

Aniwar Mamat was born in Kashgar, Xinjiang in 1962. In 1984, he moved to Beijing to gain a degree in Oil Painting at the National Minorities University in 1988. He continues to live and work in Beijing.


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