Cai Guo-Qiang

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He is a Chinese contemporary artist who focuses on environmental disasters.

I want to highlight two installations by him: ‘The Bund Without us’ and ‘Silent Ink’.

‘Silent Ink’, 2014

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‘The show is titled “The Ninth Wave,” after an oil painting from 1850 by the Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky, which depicts human survivors clinging to the wreckage of a sailing ship in a storm-tossed sea. While this work suggests man’s helplessness in the face of nature’s relentless power, Cai’s exhibit suggests an ironic thematic reversal: nature’s state of helplessness in the face of modern man’s relentless, Promethean drive to progress.’

‘The Bund Without us’


His works include the traditionalism of Chinese culture with the realization of Industrial China, through traditional naturalist imagery within his installations.


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