Curated by Ian Alden Russell
A leading voice in an emerging generation of socially engaged contemporary artists in China, Shanghai-based Jin Shan is an agent provocateur. Preferring wit and satire to aggression and conflict, Jin Shan uses humor and play to draw audiences into a confrontation with the social, cultural and political problems of the modern world. In this special project for the Bell Gallery, Jin Shan responds to power dynamics in contemporary China, invoking the social meme "My dad is Li Gang!" - a short-hand satirical critique of the corrupt financial and political elite of China who believe they can avoid responsibility for harm they have inflicted on others.
With My dad is Li Gang!, Jin Shan transforms the Bell Gallery into a big, "yellow," political disco party. At the center, bathed in yellow light, is a mirror-clad replica of China's Tiangong 1 space station. Turning slowly, seemingly powered by a cast re