Guan Xiao

b. 1983, Chongqing Province, China. Lives in Beijing, China

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Guan Xiao Documentary: From National Geographic to BBC, 2015. Photo: Zhang Hong
Guan Xiao Documentary: From National Geographic to BBC, 2015. Photo: Zhang Hong

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Using multiple media Guan Xiao juxtaposes elements that seem to adhere to labels of the past and future, primitive and classical, crude and high-tech. Her interest however is in exploring an apparent lack of hierarchy in the contemporary visual world, where objects and images circulate in a flat ontology that makes them feel both close to us but also strangely distant. The multi-part sculpture Documentary: From National Geographic to BBC (2015) features combines swirling snakeskin patterned backdrops with totems made of camera lenses and that destabilise the photo-studio configuration.