Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue ??:?? is the first retrospective of work by this leading contemporary Chinese artist, presented by Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and curated by Claire Roberts and Mikala Tai.
Xiao Lu came to international attention in 1989 when she fired two pistol shots at her own installation, Dialogue, at the opening of the landmark China/Avant-Garde exhibition. Dialogue is regarded as a milestone in the development of contemporary art in China. It has been read as a critical turning point in China’s recent history; for Xiao Lu it was followed by an extended period of residence in Sydney.
While Dialogue remains an iconic work of that era, it is also one of the most misunderstood pieces of contemporary Chinese art. Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue??:?? examines Xiao Lu’s creative interest in deep emotion, extreme action and chance. Following the inclusion of her work in recent exhibitions at Tate Modern, London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, this survey presents significant performance works by Xiao Lu spanning a period of 30 years, and includes a new commission that explores the artist’s ongoing connection to Australia.
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art @ Haymarket, Sydney