タン・ディシンTang Dixin唐狄鑫

Tang Dixin

Tang Dixin

Tang Dixin Yellow Peril 2013, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm
Tang Dixin Yellow Peril 2013, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm
Tang Dixin Yellow Peril 2013, oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm
タン・ディシンは、上海を拠点とする現代美術家で、主に絵画とパフォーマンス作品を発表しています。タンは「80後」という、比較的リベラルな発想を持っていると言われる1980年代生まれの作家であり、彼の作品の多くが中国社会や美術業界の制度の下で抑圧されている「身体」を扱っています。
タンのパフォーマンスは、他者との関係を模索しながらも、ときとして過激なものになります。2010年の作品《Act of God(不可抗力)》は、上海万博博覧会中に地下鉄の線路に飛び込み、その身体のうえを電車がすり抜けるまでの様子をビデオ撮影したもので、このことがニュースに取り上げられるなど、現代社会の在り方に対する作家のシニカルな表現と行き過ぎた不法行為の境界についての論争を呼び起こしました。彼のパフォーマンスは、中国の監視社会における身体のあり方を、自分や他人の身体を非日常的に使用し「ずらす」ことで表現しています。そしてそれは中国国内に限らず、美術界の構造や加速するグローバリゼーションの中で表面化してきている世界的な問題にも通じるものであると言えるでしょう。
また、タンのパフォーマンスが外向きに力強く社会や他者に向かっていく一方、彼の絵画は、自分自身の内面へと潜りこんでいくような内省的で静かな印象を与えます。もともと正統な西洋美術教育を受けた彼にとって、絵画とは彼自身の現実や個人的な感情を発端としながらも、それらの持つ複雑さを和らげ、物と物の純粋な関係性に落とし込んで描くものであると言います。彼が「自らの身体が忘れてしまった私の一部分を求めている」と述べているように、タンの絵画には、自らの限界を受け入れながらも、精神的な自由と解放をキャンバス上で模索する「非力な身体」が描かれています。
タンのパフォーマンスと絵画は、「身体」を軸として、お互いを補完しながら反射し合っています。ときに他者や社会など外側に向かって、またときに自分の感情や絵画表現のあり方など自身の純粋な内面を見つめて展開される両義性を持った彼の作品は、現代の様々な問題に対するタンのまなざしを表していると言えるでしょう。

タン・ディシン(唐狄鑫)は1982年、中国・杭州生まれ、上海で活動中のアーティスト。上海師範大学美術学院を2005年に卒業。2013年には、『Revel - Celebrating MoCA's 8 Years in Shanghai』(MOCA上海、上海)や、『ON | OFF China's Young Artists in Concept and Practice』(ユーレンス現代美術館、北京)に参加。2014年には、第10回光州ビエンナーレへの出展やオオタファインアーツ東京で個展を開催しました。2015年は、オオタファインアーツシンガポールにて個展『Tang Dixin: Dog Bark』を開き、またニューヨークのAsia Contemporary Art Week に参加するなど、国際的に活躍しています。
Tang Dixin (唐狄鑫, b. 1982) is a Shanghai-based contemporary artist working mainly with painting and performance art. Tang is one of the "80-hou" artists, a Chinese term for those who were born during the 1980s and are regarded as relatively liberal. Most of his works are related to the "body" which is oppressed in the Chinese society and art world.

Tang's performance works sometimes show radical aspects while also pursuing relations with others. "Act of God" (2010), is a performance where Tang jumped off a platform in the metro station during Expo 2010 Shanghai, and a train passed across his body. He documented the entire process in a video. As this act was reported in the news, it brought about a controversial discussion regarding the thin line between the artist's cynical expression of the contemporary Chinese society and his extreme illegal act. Tang's performances express the condition of the body in a "surveillance society" by challenging the use of body of the self and others in unusual ways. This methodology is not only effective in China but also applicable to the structure of art world as well as the emerging worldwide problems in accelerating globalization.

Interestingly, while Tang's performances dynamically and vigorously deal with society and others, his paintings give rather calm and reflective impressions as if he dived into himself. In his opinion, as he originally received orthodox Western art education in China, the medium of painting embodies the simplest relationship between objects while reflecting the complexity caused by his own reality and emotions. As he says, "I am seeking a part of myself that my body has forgotten"; his paintings express a "powerless body" which pursues mental freedom and emancipation while it accepts its own limits.

Tang's performances and paintings reflect and complement each other through the "body" as their axis. Sometimes his works focus on the external such as the society and others, and sometimes they gaze internally as he explores the methodology of painting expression in reflecting his pure inner self and emotions. Exploring these two polarities, Tang's works reflect on various issues in our contemporary society.

About the Artist:
Tang Dixin (唐狄鑫, b. 1982, Hangzhou, China) lives and works in Shanghai. In 2005, he graduated from the Faculty of Painting, Shanghai Normal University, China. Tang's solo exhibitions include "Mr. Hungry" (2014), AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai, China and "Tang Dixin" (2014), Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan. He has also participated in notable group exhibitions such as "Absolute Collection Guideline" (2015), Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China, "10th Gwangju Biennale - Burning Down the House" (2014), Gwangju, Korea, "Revel - Celebrating MoCA's 8 Years in Shanghai" (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, and "ON | OFF China's Young Artists in Concept and Practice" (2013), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
Tang Dixin (唐狄鑫, b. 1982) is a Shanghai-based contemporary artist working mainly with painting and performance art. Tang is one of the "80-hou" artists, a Chinese term for those who were born during the 1980s and are regarded as relatively liberal. Most of his works are related to the "body" which is oppressed in the Chinese society and art world.

Tang's performance works sometimes show radical aspects while also pursuing relations with others. "Act of God" (2010), is a performance where Tang jumped off a platform in the metro station during Expo 2010 Shanghai, and a train passed across his body. He documented the entire process in a video. As this act was reported in the news, it brought about a controversial discussion regarding the thin line between the artist's cynical expression of the contemporary Chinese society and his extreme illegal act. Tang's performances express the condition of the body in a "surveillance society" by challenging the use of body of the self and others in unusual ways. This methodology is not only effective in China but also applicable to the structure of art world as well as the emerging worldwide problems in accelerating globalization.

Interestingly, while Tang's performances dynamically and vigorously deal with society and others, his paintings give rather calm and reflective impressions as if he dived into himself. In his opinion, as he originally received orthodox Western art education in China, the medium of painting embodies the simplest relationship between objects while reflecting the complexity caused by his own reality and emotions. As he says, "I am seeking a part of myself that my body has forgotten"; his paintings express a "powerless body" which pursues mental freedom and emancipation while it accepts its own limits.

Tang's performances and paintings reflect and complement each other through the "body" as their axis. Sometimes his works focus on the external such as the society and others, and sometimes they gaze internally as he explores the methodology of painting expression in reflecting his pure inner self and emotions. Exploring these two polarities, Tang's works reflect on various issues in our contemporary society.

About the Artist:
Tang Dixin (唐狄鑫, b. 1982, Hangzhou, China) lives and works in Shanghai. In 2005, he graduated from the Faculty of Painting, Shanghai Normal University, China. Tang's solo exhibitions include "Mr. Hungry" (2014), AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai, China and "Tang Dixin" (2014), Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan. He has also participated in notable group exhibitions such as "Absolute Collection Guideline" (2015), Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China, "10th Gwangju Biennale - Burning Down the House" (2014), Gwangju, Korea, "Revel - Celebrating MoCA's 8 Years in Shanghai" (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, and "ON | OFF China's Young Artists in Concept and Practice" (2013), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.