THE BREEDER is pleased to present emerging Chinese artist Tao Hui’s first solo exhibition in Greece.
The exhibition is composed of video works that reflect Tao Hui’s longstanding investigation into melodramatic form and the possibility of a universalized experience. Via the collective encounter with networked and televised visual culture his work is concerned with the ideas and values that unite us and those that divide us; questioning the relationship between the core of society and its peripheries and the theatrics of everyday life both fictional and real.
Born in the Yunyang, the Chongqing Province of China, much of Tao Hui’s work is shaped by his experience of growing up in a rural community. For rural towns and villages that lived in proximate isolation for millennia, radio, television and film provided the sole portal through which communities were exposed to urban mores, communication and popular culture. Tao Hui speaks of the inhabitants of his village as possessing the power to blend memory, folklore, and reality, a place where the effects of psychological disorders are considered normal and thus incorporated into their collective understanding of reality. Drawing from this Tao Hui constructs scenes that sit in-between his own memory and reality and speak to the performativity of the everyday.
Tao Hui (b. 1987) has graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with a BFA in Oil Painting in 2010 and currently lives and works in Beijing, China. He won the special award of Contemporary Art Archive from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2008 and ‘Art Sanya & Huayu Youth Award’ in Sanya in 2015. He also won the grand prize of 19th “Contemporary Art Festival Sesc Videobrasil”, and was shortlisted for “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists” and International Competition sector of the KINO DER KUNST festival in 2017.
His solo exhibitions include ‘Not at all’, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China, 2017; ‘Now & Then’, Galeria UNTILTHEN, Paris, France; ‘New Direction: Tao Hui’, solo project at UCCA, Beijing, China; ‘1 Character & 7 Materials’ at AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai, China, 2015. Group exhibitions include: ‘The mulberry forest becoming ocean’, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany, 2017; ‘Why Not Ask Again: 11th Shanghai Biennale’, PSA, Shanghai, China, 2016; ‘Bentu – Chinese artists at a time of turbulence and transformation’, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, “Hack Space”, chi K11Art Space, Shanghai, China, 2016; ‘Contemporary Art Festival Sesc Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas’, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013, 2015.