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Xiao Lu


June 14 - July 19, 2024

A black room, visible round the clock from the outside through glass.


A black table, a bottle of ink, a brush-pen, several stacks of xuan paper.


I come to Passage Gallery. Using ink, I scrawl freely on sheet after sheet of xuan paper and then throw them in the air.  Gradually, rubbish fills the entire space.


I have come from China, where there is a strict system of art censorship with untouchable red lines everywhere. The self-censorship of art organisations and artists erodes everybody’s spirit.


The blackness surrounds me: terror, oppression, helplessness, anger, despair, freedom, roaring, resistance…


And one other thing: it can go to fucking hell.



- Xiao Lu, 2024



悉尼游廊画廊 2024年6月14日—






我来到Passage画廊。在一张张的宣纸上用墨汁随意涂抹, 然后把它们抛向空中,渐渐地;垃圾充满了整个空间。










About the Artist

Xiao Lu (b.1962, Hangzhou, China) currently lives and works between Sydney and Beijing. She is a graduate of the Subsidiary School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (China Academy of Art), Hangzhou. Best known for raising a gun and shooting at her work in the National Art Museum of China in 1989, thus precipitating the closing down of the show by the government, and her brief arrest, Xiao is considered one of China’s most influential and provocative female artists. Four months after Dialogue, the Tiananmen Square massacre occurred, her gunshots were dubbed “the first gunshots of Tiananmen”. Though Xiao operates across a range of media, her work is grounded in performance art. Xiao sees performance art as a way of releasing internal conflict and negative emotions such as anger and hatred.

Xiao Lu’s work has been included in important international exhibitions, including Tate, London; Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and 4A Center of Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Her work has been collected by public and private institutions, including the Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Taikang Insurance Group Art Collection, Beijing; and White Rabbit Collection, Sydney.

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