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Sun Xun

One of China's emerging artists heads to the MCA for a short residency with a 40-metre-long artwork in tow.
By Hudson Brown
July 09, 2018
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Sun Xun

One of China's emerging artists heads to the MCA for a short residency with a 40-metre-long artwork in tow.
By Hudson Brown
July 09, 2018
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Emerging out of China as one of the nation's up and coming artists, Sun Xun is headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art for his first ever Australian solo exhibition. Best known for his intricate animations made from thousands of ink paintings, charcoal drawings and woodcuts, for this special exhibition, he'll be creating a enormous 40-metre-long bark paper painting from a series of woodcuts.

His handmade films, often littered with sporadic dialogue, combine text, sound and images to explore concepts about truth and memory, as well as history, culture and politics. Sun Xun will takes over the MCA's level one North and South Galleries, and he'll also be sticking around at the gallery for a one-week residency.

Throughout the opening week of the exhibition, the public will get a chance to see Sun Xun in action as he creates an original ten-metre-long painting, which will be in response to his time spent in Sydney. Also, don't miss this emerging artist in conversation with MCA Curator Anna Davis, where he'll discuss the influences and ideas behind his compelling works.

Images: Sun Xun, Who First Saw the Stars? 2018; Sun Xun, 21 Grams 2010; Sun Xun, Maniac Universe 2018; Sun Xun Newspaper Paintings 2015–18. Photographer: Jacquie Manning. All images courtesy of the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney.

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