Saturday, 16 January 2016

#makinguse 8

Qiuzhuang is a village of around 1,000 inhabitants, located about 800km south of Beijing. The Chinese artist Li Mu wanted to introduce modernist European and American art to his family and acquaintances in Qiuzhuang. "He wanted, in part, to try to reconcile where he came from and where he was going—to bridge a gap that would inevitably transform both art and village in the process. At the same time, he asked himself how the works of art would function in this new environment, and what meaning they would take on there. (…) After quickly rejecting the idea of shipping the physical objects to China, Li Mu set about reproducing the artworks of Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Andy Warhol (amongst others). He worked together with the villagers for more than a year, painstakingly reconstructing works and placing them in the houses and streets of the village.” A Man, A Village, A Museum is a book about the project, featuring entries from Li Mu’s diary, conversations with residents from the village, interviews, correspondence, and dozens of photographs and drawings.