The Garden of Diversion

2 November – 2 March 2014, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing

By Aimee Lin

Gabriel Lester, Big Bang Bang, 2013. Courtesy Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing Kan Xuan A Happy Girl, 2002 (installation view). Courtesy Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing He An, Wind Light as A Thief, 2013. Courtesy Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing

A young naked woman is dancing, adopting poses from classical sculpture and moving in a cheerful green garden, in the middle of which is an empty place that would normally house the statue of some romantic figure: an equivalent to Oscar Wilde’s Happy Prince, perhaps. But this is not a live performance. Rather, it is a series of moving images from Kan Xuan’s video A Happy Girl (2002). The video is played on a monitor placed on a pedestal in…

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