shen shaomin: summit shen shaomin: summit
jun 02, 2010

shen shaomin: summit

 

designboom visited the biennale of sydney where chinese artist shen shaomin’s installation ‘summit’ (2010) is currently being exhibited. known for his way of connecting art, life and craft with mechanics expressing themes of war, futuristic crisis, scientific abomination and the manipulation of nature, shaomin uses ancient chinese culture to comment on  contemporary ecological issues, politics and technology.

 

‘summit’ was conceived as a response to the global financial crisis. taking the annual G8 summit as a point of reference, shaomin has created a hypothetical meeting of five of the most significant communist leaders: fidel alejandro castro, ho chi minh, kim II-sung, mao zedong and vladimir lenin. their life-sized corpses have been arranged in a pentagon, resting within crystal coffins that reflect their nationalities. castro, the still-live exception, gently breathing, lies silently on his deathbed.

‘summit’, 2010 fidel alejandro castro former presdient of the council of state of cuba, primary leaders of the cuban revolution image © designboom

 

 

‘the G5 summit delegates failed to exercise the power they had, and merely attended the meeting. as the world sinks into a morass of economic disasters, and people are questioning capitalist values and systems, will their thoughts turn back to those forgotten and departed pioneers of socialism? Will people today be inspired to think hard about the ideas, views and theories of lenin, mao zedong, kim II sung, ho chi-minh and castro?’

 

each of the life-sized figures are made from silica gel simulation, acrylic and fabric. dimensions variable. the project was made possible through the support of osage art foundation, hong kong.

‘summit’, 2010 fidel alejandro castro (detail) former presdient of the council of state of cuba, primary leaders of the cuban revolution image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 kim II-sung former general secretary of the workers party of korea president of the democratic people’s republic of korea image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 kim II-sung (side view) former general secretary of the workers party of korea president of the democratic people’s republic of korea image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 kim II-sung (detail) former general secretary of the workers party of korea president of the democratic people’s republic of korea image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 installation view of ‘summit’ (2010) image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 mao zedong former chairman of the people’s republic of china image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 mao zedong former chairman of the people’s republic of china image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 mao zedong (detail) former chairman of the people’s republic of china image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 mao zedong (detail) former chairman of the people’s republic of china image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 ho chi minh former president of vietnam workers’ party, president of the democratic republic of vietnam image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 ho chi minh former president of vietnam workers’ party, president of the democratic republic of vietnam image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 ho chi minh (detail) former president of vietnam workers’ party, president of the democratic republic of vietnam image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 vladimir lenin former chairman of the council of people’s commissars image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 vladimir lenin former chairman of the council of people’s commissars image © designboom

‘summit’, 2010 vladimir lenin (detail) former chairman of the council of people’s commissars image © designboom

shen shaomin was born in 1956 in the heilongjiang province, china. he currently lives and works in beijing, china.

  • This is really astonishing work.

    Sjoerd says:
  • What is really astonishing is that anyone gives a shit about these murdering Bastards, but I guess we will never see the end to these miscreants AS THE OLD ONES DIE, THE VOID IS QUICKLY FILLED BY NEW MURDERING BASTARDS…

    Total Waste of talent says:
  • You watched too much CNN and BBC, kid!

    Li Rui says:
  • So Li Rui, in your opinion these are not murderes?!
    wow! You watched too much Telesur and Cubavision jajaj

    Chan Lee Po says:
  • Um, guys?
    ART. Its art, and it’s supposed to make you think. Obviously in this case, it is supposed to make you feel as well, and the response here is proof of a job well done. As for Murdering Bastards, I wouldn’t put these guys at the top of the list.
    I’ll take US Government between 1790 and 2008 for $500. International or Domestic Murdering Bastards? Ah, trick question. The answer in this case is BOTH.

    cynicalsally says:
  • so boring… it seems this artist has been out of ideas, and it’s a kind of copy from chinese artist sun yuan & peng yu.

    we need critic says:
  • …and Stalin? and Salvador Allende?? I miss several Communist bastards (assassin + thief = late fashion).

    yourmamma says:
  • ¿And Franco and Pinochet?

    loa says:

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