News From Shiman
I once read a political fiction novel News from Nowhere of William Morris by accident. The book is about a dream one had after joining a debate on socialism.
“News from Shiman”is based on a residence project of residency in Shiman, a small village close to
Lijiang Town. By interviewing 25 local young people aged from 16 to 30, Funa gives insight into the drastic changes that rural-to-urban migration brings to
“the new countryside”. Inspired by the low-tech products in rural life and
their folklore aesthetic taste, she express flourishing creativity through her
latest installation and video work. Different with the ideal scenery in mass
consciousness, the artificial “second nature” substitutes real art, appearing
as decoration in the scenes of life.
Young dreams are overwhelmed by the harsh reality and gradually turn to listless self-entertainment. Why not going back to hometown - the “ideal utopia”?
Installation View (Solo Exhibition "Fire Golden flowers" , V art center, Shanghai, 2014)
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