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By Shi Wei
9 June - 10 July 2012 [Extended till 15 August 2012]
(Opening reception: 8 June 2012, 7 pm)
Shi Wei's works present a record of the social conditions and values specific to women of this age, and are an attempt at recording the indefinable anxiety and uncertainties faced by modern young women in China - despite and perhaps as a result of their newly acquired social and economic freedoms. In his works, as opposed to the traditional coy or bashful posture, the female body is portrayed as open and unadulterated, often displaying a hint of sexiness towards the viewer - sometimes hesitant, sometimes outright blatantly suggestive, sometimes contradictory - their thin, visually distorted bodies reflecting their unrelenting pursuit of thinness as the dominant fashion or social trend. Sometimes barely clothed and striking provocative poses, their very modern sexiness, tinged with a morbid palette, comes across as lifeless and cold. Each painting portrays a different content and temperament: some show happiness; some anguish, while others express utter indifference; each a representation of the lifestyles as well as the ideas and ideals of modern women.