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15 febRuary - 14 april 2013  

Opening Thursday February 14th, 2013

Born in 1954 in Xiamen in the Fujian Province of China, Huang Yong Ping participated in the 1989 exhibition Les Magiciens de la Terre allowing him to become known in France. He moved to Paris, where he currently lives and works. He represented France at the 1999 Venice Biennial.

Inspired by a unique collection of statues from the Chinese province of Fujian (representing a pantheon of gods popular in China, discovered in the late nineteenth century by Johannes Jacobus Maria de Groot), preserved at the musée des Confluences, Huang Yong Ping has designed a new exhibition, that is both autobiographical and self-fictional. Autobiographical because the artist comes from the Fujian Province and has always seen these statues in "situation" before discovering "ethnographical" and coloured replicas; self-fictional, because for the artist, this is the illustration of the permissiveness of cultural fields and their floating meanings (History? Ethnography? Art? Heritage? Replica? Exoticism? etc.). This piece demonstrates the mechanism of the construction and homogenization of cultural fields.

Amoy/Xiamen combines the old and current name for this port city, connected together and distinguished by a simple slash mark. Xiamen was formerly known as Amoy and witnessed some of the city's first European travellers. Amoy/Xiamen is therefore the association of yesterday and today, of the past and the present.

This exhibition is organized with the support of musée des Confluences and the Galerie kamel mennour