Xiao Lu’s solo show “JUNK” open at passage gallery in Sydney

2024-07-14 23:33 0

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Opening on June 14th, between 6PM-8PM is renowned performance artist Xiao Lu’s latest installation and performance ‘JUNK’ at passage Gallery in Sydney. 

For her latest performance ‘JUNK’, Xiao Lu stands alone in the isolation of a black room. With only a black table, a bottle of ink, paper, and a brush, methodically, she will envelop herself and the room in a deluge of her discarded ink paintings. Gradually rubbish will fill the space and consume her. This powerful act is a stark commentary on the relentless censorship she has faced in her homeland, China, and the stifling creative constraints she endures in Australia.

“I have come from China, where there is a strict system of art censorship with untouchable red lines everywhere. The self-censorship of art organisations and artists erodes everybody’s spirit. The blackness surrounds me: terror, oppression, helplessness, anger, despair, freedom, roaring resistance...”

Xiao Lu, 2024.


Passage Gallery Website https://xiaolu.com.au/index.php?c=show&id=160

Radio Free Asia Reports:https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/australia-art-exhibit-junk-06172024135802.html?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR16jpWvijqv7vRQmFdJgk96j8qvYUzBhI9yWP44oyviyDW75OhtElXcIkk_aem_JZ1FZS6eoxe2PVKXC6cKyA


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Solo Show: JUNK
Artist: Xiao Lu
Work: JUNK (Installation/Performance)
Passage Gallery, Sydney 
14 June -19 July 2024

About “JUNK”
A black room, visible round the clock from the outside through glass.
A black table, a bottle of ink, a brush-pen, several stacks of xuan paper. Eight red light bulbs.
I come to Passage Gallery irregularly. Using ink, I scrawl freely on sheet after sheet of xuan paper and then throw them in the air. Gradually, rubbish fills the space.
For thousands of years in China, literary scholars have moved in the detachment of painting landscapes and flowers-and-birds. Savouring the exquisite elegance of the otherworldly aesthetics of avoiding reality, they have achieved a nation which has seen generation after generation of centralized feudal and imperial power.
I have come from China, where there is a strict system of art censorship with untouchable red lines everywhere. The self-censorship of art organisations and artists erodes everybody’s spirit.
The blackness surrounds me: terror, oppression, helplessness, anger, despair, freedom, roaring, resistance...
And one other thing: it can go to fucking hell.
Junk!
— Xiao Lu


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First Performance 14 June,2024  6:30-8:30pm 100 rice paper  Photo by Chen Yanyin


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Second Performance 18 June,2024  15:00-16:30pm 200 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Third Performance 19 June,2024  11:15am-13:15pm 300 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Fourth Performance 21 June,2024  16:00-18:00pm 400 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Fifth Performance 24 June,2024  15:30-17:30pm 500 rice paper  Photo by Sarah Kukathas


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Sixth Performance 24 June,2024  15:30-18:40pm 600 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Seventh Performance 27 June,2024  15:30-17:30pm 700 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Eighth Performance 1 July,2024  15:30-17:30pm 800 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Ninth Performance 2 July,2024  15:30-18:00pm 900 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Tenth Performance 4 July,2024  15:00-17:00pm 1000 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu


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Eleventh Performance 6 July,2024  16:00-18:00pm 1100 rice paper  Photo by Xiao Lu