17 July – 9 August 2015
Preview: Thursday 16 July, 6-9pm
Wastelands is a contemporary Chinese art exhibition of installation, painting, sculpture and film presenting the works of eight artists who all have links to China. The exhibition explores the idea of ‘waste’ as a result of consumption through different landscapes and materials. Ranging from the ‘aesthetic debris’ in the work of Cai Yuan’s cardboard paintings installation to Cao Fei’s film ‘Haze and Fog’, a surreal and abject portrait of an excessively self-consuming Beijing in the form of a zombie movie. Featuring established artists such as the hugely significant figure of Ai Weiwei alongside artists with long-standing practices in the UK, it engages in themes around issues of neo-liberal ideologies, consumption, development and economies of culture.
Open: Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm
The exhibition is co-produced with the Office of Contemporary Chinese Art (OCCA) and funded by Arts Council England. With special thanks to the University of Salford and CFCCA – New Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art.