• Date
      2014.12.14 - 2015.01.17
    • Artist
      Bai Ye, Yan Zhou, Lu Xiao, Yang Chen, and 21 students from Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts
    • Curator
      Wang Mengmeng
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21+4 Secrets

The exhibition 21+4 Secrets is a joint project between OCAT Xi’an and Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (XAFA), curated by Xi’an-based curator Wang Mengmeng who is the head of the academy’s Arts and Crafts Department.
The exhibition is the second part of a project initiated during the XAFA Graduate Students 2014 Autumn Master Classes. The exhibition at OCAT Xi’an displays the results of the explorative process of the master class, and works which were produced in collaboration between the curator Wang Mengmeng and the students who participated in. The 21 students are joined by four practicing artists, hence “21+4” in the title.
Rich in concepts and experimental forms, the allusion to secrets in the exhibition title functions as a prompt to creativity as much as the possible revelation of actual secrets, which everyone holds. Here, the secret is more about unlocking desire or a means of kick-starting a process of questioning.
There is a particular aspect to this display. Instead of actual artworks, visitors are presented with scan codes for each artist's work. The works are viewed by scanning the codes with a smart phone and via a website created for the project. 21+4 Secrets are revealed through technological application! So, not the usual exhibition experience, but an experience nonetheless.


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