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