Galerie Liusa Wang presents the new solo show by the artist YAO Qingmei. The artist immerses the visitors to a spectacular, parodic and ambiguous installation. The exhibition consists in a triptych of metaphorical videos revealing the doubts of the artist and her skeptical view of current political patterns : can dichromats imagine a tetrachromatic world?
The video « Dichotomic Flag » shows a game of « pavement-painting » leading to a « canvas-flag ». As a nod to the Action Painting movement, «the canvas is an arena », a common territory absorbing symbolic, subversive and sporting gestures. This painting becomes the set of the « Chameleon » show where the magician-politician imitates empty, purely gestural political speeches. This wordless speech is accompanied by a “Lexical Symphony” composed of six video portraits similar to the electoral advertisement. The lexical repetition, obsessive, takes the actors’ bodies as far as exhaustion and empties the meaning of the words.
The works of Yao Qingmei constantly switches between the game and the engagement, the spectacle and the political discourse, the playing body and the acting body, the speech and the gesture, the individual and the collective, the real and the imaginary. The nuanced bipolarity alternates red and blue. Will it succeed one day in escaping from this spectrum of colors to tetrachromatic new horizons?