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Taiquan Tian / international

Tian Taiquan weighs the factual truth about the Cultural Revolution in China through his art. The strength and reality of what he experienced in the political and cultural realm of his life is depicted in a visual manner through digital technology.

Presentation

“The Cultural Revolution impressed me so much when I was a child, that it is the permanent inspiration of my creation. It needs to be explored constantly. I still remember the period when red flags and Dazibao were at everywhere on the street. The horrified violence in Chongqing was very famous in my motherland and became my fertile resources.”

Tian Taiquan

Biography

Tian Taiquan weighs the factual truth about the Cultural Revolution in China through his art. The strength and reality of what he experienced in the political and cultural realm of his life is depicted in a visual manner through digital technology. He uses photography to capture the instant and yet stages the elements that accurately represent the cultural and political scenario in a fictitious way. Tian’s works metaphorically represent violence, destruction, suffering, confusion, and darkness in contrast with vivid colors and endless sensuous movement. The artist’s images simultaneously bring together the historical past and present creating a powerful conclusion in a sharp and detailed composition.

Tian Taiquan was born in 1960. He graduated in 1988 from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. His solo exhibitions include: the Cultural Arts Museum, Beijing, China; ‘Tears of Eros’, England; Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Canada; ‘Nature’, Shanghai, China, Shijiazhuang Contemporary Art Gallery, Hubei Province, China, ‘Lost’, Chongqing, China; 501 Art Space, Chongqing, China, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China. His group shows include: Art Plus Shanghai, China; Art Asia Miami; Dialogue 2008 China, Beijing; Gathering under Olympic Rings, Beijing; Kitai Pveriod China Forward, Moscow; Seoul International Media Biennale, Korea to name a few. The artist lives and works in Chongqing, China.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2013

Memory of Time, Hayward Fine Art, Brisban, Australia
Tian Taiquan, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore

2012

Totem Recollection, Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2010

7010 – Life After People, Pingyao, Shanghai, Yuannan, China

2009

Hide and Seek, China Visual Arts Center, Beijing, China
Internet Focus, International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
Tears of Eros, Nunnery Gallery, London, UK

2008

Truth and Memory, Gibsone and Jessop Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013

Rising Dragon·Contemporary Chinese Photography, San Jose Museum of Art, USA

2012

AMARCORD, Germany
Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, America
Stepping In•Nature: MAM Collection of Chinese Conceptual Photography, Macao

2011

“16th Annual Los Angeles Art Show”, Los Angeles, United States
“Eccentric Expressions China” Exhibition, The Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Strange Life, Zurich University, Switzerland
New Media Arts Dialogue Exhibition of China and Austria, Shandong, China
Visual Literacy, Shanghai, China
Chongqing Fengjie International Photography Festival, China
“Vous avez dit Révolution ?”, France
Anthropocène, Art by Geneve, Geneva
Unabie to Pay a Kindness, China

2010

“Platforms and Cultures of the World”, ARTPARIS+GUESTS 2010, Grand Palais, Paris, France
“2010 Experimental Art Document Exhibition”, Beijing, China
“National Photographic Art Exhibition”, China
Russia Beileijia International Photography Exhibition, Russia
Australia International Photography Competition, Australia

2009

“Chinese Scene‧Chongqing Chapter”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chongqing, China
“Original Sin”, Shanghai, China
“Vivid – When Art Meets the Digital”, Spectacle – New Media Art Biennale, Kunming, China
“Shanghai Memory – Photography & DV Exhibition of 60 Artists”, Nanjing, China
“The first West China Contemporary Photography Art Invitational Exhibition”, Nanping International Exhibition Center, Chongqing, China
ESSENCE of CHINA, Shanghai, China
Miami 08 ART ASIA, USA

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