Julia Stoschek Collection
Hip Hop Guangzhou
2003 / video / colour / sound
In her playful and ironic visual language, Cao Fei explores the rapid social and cultural changes in her homeland China. For her series of works “Hip Hop” (2003) she expands the concept of sampling and sets citizens in motion.
- 3 min
7 to 17 October 2021
Thursday, 7 & Friday, 8 October 2021, 16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00 / 22:00
Tuesday, 12 to Friday, 15 October 2021, 16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00 / 22:00
Saturday, 9 & 16 October 2021, 14:00 / 16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00 / 22:00
Sunday 10 & 17 October 2021, 16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00 / 22:00
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The Chinese artist Cao Fei belongs to a generation of artists for whom digital media and network technologies are part of everyday life. In her exploration of the achievements of new media, her home city of Guangzhou acts as both a catalyst and a backdrop for her work. This also applies to her project “Hip Hop”, which, alongside versions in New York and in Berlin, focuses on Guangzhou, transforming people from diverse national, social, and cultural backgrounds into hip-hop dancers. The movements of fruit sellers and policemen, that appear awkward when set to an even rhythm, breaks the strict boundaries between the media-dominated lives of the younger generation and the everyday lives of their parents’ generation, raising questions about homogenisation while also evoking memories of traditional formation dances by groups of Chinese workers.