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Ran Huang - An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced

Sept - Oct 2014 'An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced' - Ran Huang’s first solo exhibition in London. The exhibition includes an extensive body of new work including Huang’s most recentfilm, The Administration of Glory, which was nominated in 2014 for the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 67th Festival de Cannes.
A young artist based in Beijing, Huang’s practise encompasses various media including film, video, painting installation and performance. 'For An Experience Shaped by An Experience I Never Experienced', Huang has created a series of “self-portrait” paintings depicting Guinness World Record holders in their most famous appearances. The paintings draw on historical languages of figuration to re-imagine individual histories. Their status as fictive historical documents is made more uncertain by their titling as ‘self-portraits’. Huang’s appropriation is not a proficient imitation of the original but is clumsy rhetoric, flawed and revealing in its sublimation and consumption of self-deceiving notions of history.


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