Program 2018

No 13 Xiaoyi Chen

China (1992)

The stranger… and while I blossomed all alone, the world slumbered

During a residency in Switzerland, Xiaoyi Chen came across huge blocks erratically positioned whilst taking a walk in the forest around Monthey. When the Rhone glacier receded, these enormous boulders could have travelled tens of kilometres from their initial position, as if teleported into the landscape that now surrounds them. Playing on the unusual features of these blocks, this installation shifts these fragments of nature into the heart of Vevey’s urban space. Displayed in positive and negative, these large-scale images draw the viewers’ attention to the worrying changes in the Alpine landscape by using the colour-inversion smartphone app to see them in positive and vice versa.

Produced by Images Vevey and the SMArt programme of the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, in association with Théâtre du Crochetan, Monthey
With the support of the Direction du Développement et de la Coopération (DDC), the Service de la Culture du Canton du Valais and the Loterie Romande
Original scenography by Images Vevey in association with the artist

In parallel to this exhibition, the Théâtre du Crochetan in Monthey presents an exhibition by Xiaoyi Chen from 8 September to Sunday 2 December 2018.


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