The Return of the Shreds
examines the issue of (cultural) globalization. Due to the large-scale exchange of goods now taking place, we find ourselves in a global economic system,
and as a result of increasing migration, many people have a multiple cultural background. What is it that still defines our (cultural) identity? What power of expression does art have amidst these global entanglements? In lavish visuals, five spatial installations offer a penetrating look at our globalizing world and at the way in which (inter-) cultural processes unfold.
The Return of the Shreds provides, in words and images,
a stunning impression of the art project of the same name realized in Leiden (NL) in 2007 by visual artist Ni Haifeng and art historian Kitty Zijlmans. | more
, visual artist, was born in Zhoushan, China en lives
in Amsterdam since 1995. He works alternately in Amsterdam
and Beijing. In 1986 he graduated at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now: China Academy of Fine Arts). Ni Haifeng makes installations and uses many media and materials (painting, drawing, photography, video, language).
His powerful, poetic art installations have garnered fame internationally. Kitty Zijlmans
is an art historian who was appointed Professor
of Contemporary Art History and Theory at Leiden University in 2000. Her main interest is in the fields of contemporary art,
art theory, and methodology. She is especially interested in the ongoing processes of interculturalization and globalization of
the (art) world. | back