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Han Mengyun: Logic of the Ether , Xiàn Chǎng | West Bund Art & Design 2021
Project Art Fairs West Bund Art Dome, Shanghai
Date: 11.11, 2021 - 11.14, 2021

Artists: HAN Mengyun 韩梦云 | 

Logic of the Ether is a multimedia installation consisting of two wooden structures —one reminiscent of traditional Chinese timber structure and the other a reinterpretation of the Dunhuang Buddhist Mogao caves. During her field trip to Jaipur India in 2020, artist Han Mengyun collected wooden blocks used by local craftsmen, with which she used to handprint textiles hung in this work. Accompanied is video documentations of kites flying in the sky prior to the kite festival in India against an audio backdrop of the chanting of the Nasadiya Sukta, the Hymn of Creation in Rigveda, the most ancient Indian sacred text,in its original Sanskrit language,followed by the reading of its English and Chinese translations.
Both religious and secular experiences led Han to ponder upon the origin of the universe. The geometric structure of the coffer ceiling in Buddhist caves and Indian temples is to Han the visual configuration of the natural order of the world. The floral motifs do not serve the mere purpose of decoration, but they represent the elemental component that thrives within the cosmic structure. This installation aims at capturing Han Mengyun's fascination with ancient religious spaces that reveal how the world was once fathomed and recreated by human hands and our imagination, how the ether still remains highly mysterious as it harbors poetry and evokes questions of both the known and the unknown.

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