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Flying Machine: Yin Xiuzhen's Work for the 7th Shanghai Biennale

Flying Machine︱cloth, stainless steel, planks︱1592 (L) × 1220 (W) × 353 cm (H)︱2008

 

Yin Xiuzhen is very active in the international art community. Her work, Flying Machine creates linkages between the urban, rural and the international. The work itself is a form of transportation and at the same time a work of architecture, a public space, and a completely different place for human exchange and interaction. It is also a space that the viewer is able to enter. This vehicle was created by grafting three methods of transportation together: tractor, a sedan, and an aircraft. The part at the center consists of a steel structure fusing the vehicles together, which is covered with scraps of clothes worn by different people from both urban and rural areas. The three methods of transportation link the village, the city and the world. The new vehicle created by these three transportation tools is an aircraft that brings together all of the differences, commonalities, cooperation and conflicts of the village and the city. Inside of it are clothes and textiles used in both the countryside and the city. At the same time, a video tells of stories of migration between rural and urban areas. The works exhibit for all to see that we are all migrants, whether it be from the countryside, the city, or the world, and that we are all connected by these different forms of transportation.

 

 

——Zhang Qing

 

Courtesy to:Shanghai Biennale


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