Kanxuan  Ai!

1999, Single-channel video, 1 min 22 sec

In Kanxuan Ai!, the artist runs through a crowd in a brightly lit pedestrian tunnel in Beijing’s Fuxingmen subway station, repeatedly calling out her own name and responding herself. Performative in nature, this short and unassuming work evokes the visual-diaristic quality that is a defining characteristic of the artist’s practice. While her actions are undeniably absurd, the work explores the search for identity against the backdrop of the mundane from the perspective of an outsider, both as a woman in a predominately gender-biased society, and as someone who is not from Beijing.

Photo courtesy of the artist, GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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