Artistes SGP Souverains Magiciens
” Huang Yong Ping – French artist of Chinese origin is exhibiting as part of arsenale at Venice Art Biennale 09. Ping’s work has its roots in confrontation, contrast, exchange, and the coexistence of different cultural and spiritual worlds. His oversize recreations of the hand of buddha is made from a type of cedar tree traditionally used in Chinese medicine, that dwell in the ambiguity of references to both spiritual and earthly realms. ” (via Designboom)
Huang Yong Ping, Frolic High Society first demystifies the History of drug wars by implicating the British involvement in the drug trade : with Frolic, Huang Yong Ping shows a statue of prime minister Lord Palmerston lying on an opium bed smoking a large opium pipe and surrounded by a pile of opium balls, highlighting the complex relationship between Britain and China in the 19th century, the history of opium transport and the role its trade played in the building of the British Empire.