Hui Tao | China

Artist awarded with the 19th Festival's GRAND PRIZE

A visual artist, he holds a baccalaureate degree in Painting from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China, 2010. Tao works with graphic arts, painting, video, object and installation. In his work, he resorts to technological procedures and elements from Chinese tradition, mostly harking back to his childhood in inland China, to question notions of globalization, virtual relationships and hegemonic thinking. The coexistence of different time periods and cultures, of urban settings and rural living – typical of the Chinese context, where tradition and progress expire and reinvent themselves – is a staple of his work. He has been featured in exhibitions such as Où vas-tu, Espace des Arts Sans Frontières, Paris (2014); Positive Space, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2014), Leap Video Project, Hong Kong, China (2013); The Worst Show, Gland, Beijing, China (2012); WuSi Youth Art Festivals, Beijing, China (2011); and others. Hui Tao lives and works in Beijing. 

Talk about body | 2013, video

The artist appropriates the language of Chinese TV shows to discuss the coexistence of different times and cultures, of the urban environment and rural life, of tradition and progress that expire and reinvent themselves. Sitting on his bed, wearing the garments of a Muslim woman, the artist describes himself. The video subtly and powerfully discusses the randomness of the notion of belonging and the subjective detachment intrinsic to the concept of identity.

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