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"State Legacy" moves to Shenzhen from Manchester

Wang Guanyi's installation, "East Wind - Golden Dragon."

A contemporary art exhibition, "State Legacy: Research in the Visualization of Political History," is being staged at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal in Overseas Chinese Town (OCT), Nanshan District of south China's Shenzhen following a two-month show in Manchester, Britain, from April through June this year.

The exhibition, which will run though Nov. 30, presents works by five prominent contemporary Chinese artists: Wang Guangyi, Lu Hao, Sui Jianguo, Wang Jianwei and Zeng Li, who have all tried to respond to the achievements and problems of China's industrialization and modernization from different perspectives of visual art.

The exhibition is the result of a two-year collaboration between John Hyatt, director of the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Huang Zhuan, director of the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal.

"Manchester and Shenzhen are two cities with special meanings as the former is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and the latter, the experimental field for China's reforms and opening up," Huang said as the exhibition opened in the city Friday.

"This may explain why the two cities have been chosen as hosts for the State Legacy exhibition, through which we have tried to deal with visual reactions to China's recent industrialization and modernization and cultural issues accompanying those visual reactions," Huang said.

According to Hyatt, the art works chosen for the exhibition illustrate many aspects of the social, cultural, psychological and political changes China has gone through in recent years.

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 Source : Shenzhen Daily  Editor: Ivy
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