OCAT Shanghai presents the exhibition "FRONTIER － Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics" on December 30. The exhibition was planned by Lu Mingjun and invited more than 30 contemporary artists. The enriched artistic language of video, installation, performance, photography and literature triggered an artistic reflection on geopolitics.
Since the 1990s, artists have tried to develop different dimensions of geographical thinking and practice from "border, border, border" and other words with transitional meanings, so as to gain personal experience in re-examining the geopolitical, economic and cultural structure of the world. These reified practices can be seen as a political action as well as a reflexive change in artistic language. Moreover, apart from pointing to their different linguistic ways, artistic practices can, more importantly, see the complexity and twists of history and reality, the absurdity and barbarism emerging therein, as well as the rationality and prudence that cannot be ignored.
"Spirit above all" is Zhao's latest large-scale installation. The work is 116 meters long and 86 meters wide, with an area of nearly 10,000 square meters. On November 23, 2016, with the help of more than 150 monks from The Moye Temple and Kaze Village, the works were moved to the top of The Zengga Mountain, which is nearly 5,000 meters above sea level, to be unrolled and fixed. "Spirit above everything" is the continuation and development of the "Spirit above everything" project of Zhao To 2012. The figure is selected from the same thinking game pattern in the painting with Great Ideas, and it is made according to the existing large thangka ruler in The Moye Temple by referring to the production method of large-scale cloth thangka in Tibetan areas. In May 2017, after five months of snow and snow on the top of the mountain, "Spirit Above Everything" was successfully displayed at Zingerga Mountain, Moye Temple, Baizha Township, Nangqian County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, together with more than 130 monks in the whole village of Karze, the work was successfully removed from the mountain.