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HU Xiangqian, Flying Blue Flag, 2006, performance, video, 19 min 13 sec. Courtesy of Long March Space.
HU Xiangqian, Flying Blue Flag, 2006, performance, video, 19 min 13 sec. Courtesy of Long March Space.
HU Xiangqian, Speech at the Edge of the World, 2014, single channel HD video, color, mono sound, 12 min 30 sec. Courtesy of Long March Space.
 

HU Xiangqian

Blue Flag Waving
HU participates in the election of Village Committee of his home village. He is not an eligible candidate, but he participates in the one – week election nonetheless as a piece of artwork. He spends several months researching the social issues in the village, making policies and building a team. He runs a real campaign, although he is a fake candidate.

Speech at the Edge of the World
Speech at the Edge of the World (2014) is the latest video work that was shown for the first time at the 10th Gwangju Biennale. In the video, Hu Xiangqian delivers an inspirational speech to an audience of two thousand middle and high school students in his native Leizhou dialect on the outdoor sports ground of the artist’s alma mater in Leizhou, a small village at the southern tip of Guangdong province. The speech lasts a little more than ten minutes. HU takes elements and techniques from “motivational speeches”, for example, the tonal adjustments of voice, the hand gesture, when to pause…, and adapt them into his own style. He draws from his personal experience growing up in Leizhou Peninsula (the locals nickname it “the world’s end”), speaking passionately about the importance of acquiring knowledge and the endless possibilities of the life beyond the village.

 

HU Xiangqian

Born in 1983, Guangdong, China
Works and lives in Beijing, China


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