Emerging replaces established: Chinese artists at 2012 Biennale of Sydney

A shift in the Biennale of Sydney Chinese artist selection mirrors the curatorial perspective of Australia’s influential White Rabbit Collection.

Among the 101 artists on show, the eighteenth Biennale of Sydney, which opened to the public on 27 June 2012, includes works by nine artists of Chinese descent. Of those nine, six were born after 1970. Art Radar brings you a survey of their works in pictures.

Li Hongbo (b. 1974, Jilin, China), 'Ocean of Flowers', 2012 (detail), paper, dimensions variable. Previously exhibited at the White Rabbit Gallery. Image by Art Radar.

One of the most notable shifts in the 2012 edition of the Biennale of Sydney is in the selection of Chinese artists. While the seventeenth biennale included internationally known names such as Cai GuoqiangShen ShaominYang Fudong and Cao Fei, the 2012 edition contains work by artists that are relatively unfamiliar to the global art world. including a number of emerging artists born in 1970s and 1980s: Gao Rong (b. 1986); Jin Nü (b. 1984); Junling Yang (b. 1981); Jin Shi (b. 1976); Li Hongbo (b. 1974); and Gade (b. 1971, Tibet).

Gao Rong (b. 1986, Baotou, China), 'The Static Eternity', 2012, cloth, wire, sponge, cotton, steel support and board, 500 x 400 x 300 cm. Installation view of the eighteenth Biennale of Sydney (2012) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Previously exhibited at the White Rabbit Gallery. Image by Art Radar.

Jin Shi (b. 1976, Xintai, China), 'Small Business: Karaoke', 2009, mixed media, sound, 220 x 70 x 165 cm. Held in the collection of the White Rabbit Collection and previously exhibited at the White Rabbit Gallery. Image courtesy Biennale of Sydney.

Work by three of the nine Chinese artists comes directly from the White Rabbit Collection, Australia’s most important private collection of contemporary Chinese art. Four other artists are also represented in the collection with works of a similar style to what is being shown at the biennale. Founded by Judith Neilson and supported by the Neilson Foundation, the Sydney-based White Rabbit Collection focuses on Chinese contemporary art works created after 2000 and has been open to the public through curated shows at the family-owned White Rabbit Gallery since 2009. Paris Neilson, daughter of Judith Neilson and White Rabbit Gallery Manager, was appointed as a Board Director to the Biennale of Sydney in October 2011.

Yun-Fei Ji (b. 1963, Beijing, China), 'The Three Gorge Dam Migration', 2009 (detail), hand-printed watercolour woodblock on Xuan paper, mounted on silk, scroll 975 cm long. Image by Art Radar.

Jin Nü (b. 1984, Qinhuangdao, China), 'Exuviate II – Where Have All the Children Gone?', 2005, twenty silk dresses dimensions variable. Held in the collection of the White Rabbit Collection and previously exhibited at the White Rabbit Gallery. Image by Art Radar.

Junling Yang (b. 1981, Jiuquan, China), 'Class in the Class', 2011, installation with video, 300 x 600 x 600 cm. Image by Art Radar.

Gade (b. 1971, Lhasa, Tibet),'Precious Objects', 2007, stone pigment and gold on fabric, 200 x 115 cm. Held in the collection of the White Rabbit Collection and previously exhibited at the White Rabbit Gallery. Image by Art Radar.

Liang Quan (b. 1948, Shanghai, China), 'Ancestors Sea', 2010, ink, colour and rice paper collage on linen, 200 x 150 cm, triptych. Previously exhibited at the White Rabbit Gallery. Image by Art Radar.

Liu Zhuoquan (b. 1964, Wuhan, China), 'Where Are You?', 2012, glass bottles, oil paint, Chinese paint and sealing wax, dimensions variable. Installation view of the eighteenth Biennale of Sydney (2012) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Previously exhibited at the White Rabbit Gallery. Image by Art Radar.

Curated by Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster, the 18th Biennale of Sydney opened on 27 June with 220 works by 101 artists from 44 countries. Under the theme of “All Our Relations”, the event will be presented free to the public from 27 June until 16 September 2012. Works are spread across five venues including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the former shipyard turned art precinct Cockatoo Island, Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay and Carriageworks in Redfern.

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