"I use a lot of repetition. And it becomes a filmic way of talking because as you put the same image after the other, even though it’s the exact identical image, everyone sees something changing from one image to the next."
Filmed for the occasion of Armory Focus: China at The Armory Show 2014 in New York City, curator Philip Tinari reflects on the work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing and curator of Armory Focus: China, discusses the artist's on-going fascination with gunpowder, as well as an interest in how "'Chinese-ness' is transported across time and space."
Cai Guo-Qiang was first featured by Art21 in Season 3 (2005) of the Art in the Twenty-First Century series.
Philip Tinari began a partnership with Art21 in 2009, interviewing artist Cao Fei in Beijing for Season 5 (2009) of the Art in the Twenty-First Century series. Tinari would again partner with Art21 to interview artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing for Season 6 (2012).
Armory Focus is a specially curated section of The Armory Show that highlights the artistic landscape of a chosen geographic region. For The Armory Show 2014, Philip Tinari curated Armory Focus: China, shining new light on the country’s contemporary cultural practice.
CREDITS | Producer: Eve Moros Ortega. Interview: Eve Moros Ortega. Camera: Rafael Salazar. Sound: Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Cai Guo-Qiang. Thanks: Philip Tinari, The Armory Show, Christopher Mao, and John Tancock. Theme Music: Peter Foley. Original Cai Guo-Qiang segment excerpted from Season 3 (2005) of the Art in the Twenty-First Century series. © Art21, Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.