SHADOW PLAY: TALES OF URBANIZATION OF CHINA (Phase II)

by Lily Honglei Art Studio

Interface 1: GALLERY INSTALLATION

The gallery installation consists of a painting series and multi-channel video display designed with a storyline unfolding in four chapters:

Chapter I. The Land: Death of the Village Chief
Chapter II. The Ruins: Missing Children
Chapter III. The City: Into the Void
Chapter IV. The Maze: No Exit

Project Background
Over the past few decades, China has been undergoing urbanization at an astounding speed. In 2013, the national government moved the process to a new, unprecedented pace when it unveiled its plan of transitioning 70 percent of the countryʼs population to urban living by 2030. Needless to say, a change of this magnitude would transform the character of a country that has been largely agrarian throughout its millennia of history. It is indeed difficult to deduce in what manner and to what extent the natural landscape, culture, and daily subsistence of the nationʼs people would be altered. As artists originating from China, the coming of this momentous transformation compels us to delve into a deep reflection on realities through each phase of the undertaking. Our objective is to provide a voice for groups facing oppression and hardship, and seek to do so through this project by surveying the various instances of injustice that take place with impunity in China. The project portrays and comments upon occurrences such as violent evictions during urban expansion, child abductions, tragedies caused by insufficient healthcare, the destitution of migrant workers, religious persecution, as well as cultural and environmental degradation.

Please note the work is currently under development. Contact the artist studio for questions regarding possibilities of public presentations.

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Chapter I. "The Land: Death of the Village Chief"


F1. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 24". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


F2. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 36". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


F3. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 32". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


F4. Detail of F3

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Chapter II. "The Ruin: Missing Children"


F5. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 32". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Chapter III. "The City: Into the Void"


F6. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 32". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


F7. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 32". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


F8. Detail of F7


F9. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 24". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

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Chapter IV. "The Maze: No Exit"


F10. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 32". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


F11. Detail of F10.


F12. Medium: Oil on Canvas. Dimension: 48" by 32". Year of Production: 2015-2018. LILY HONGLEI ART STUDIO © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


F13. Detail of F12

 

More images coming soon

 

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MULTIMEDIA

Video 1. Crossroads

Video 2. The Eight Immortals

Video 3. The Milkyway

Video 4. Slidesshow - Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China

Video 5: The Maze (coming soon)