EIGHT FANG 
Lives and works in Berlin

The overall development of my artwork operates according to a non-linear structure. I see each project as a character. These characters are born in simultaneous presence of each other, yet each exhibits its own individual socio-political context. An ARC can be drawn through these across a lifelong journey. Aspects of these characters concern themselves with the often neglected conditions of dynamic and relational power. 

The departure of each project is derived from the first-person experience. The “I” who often wanders between east and west, who identifies as a women—as a young proletariat. My first academic studies in China in Exhibition Design have contributed to the awareness of space in my current art practice. After joining the University of Arts Berlin, I self-imposed a transition from design to sculptures and installations (including painting installation, video installation, sound installation, etc.).

 

My visual language consists of assemblages of different materials. I also work with metal-related techniques, glass making, acrylic glass reshaping, plaster mould making, wax melting, etc. During the creative and production process, I also appreciate and leave room for mistakes and allow for the unknown to occur as the assemblages come together. 

 

Exhibited works include:
 
<Everyday life in a foreign land> 2017, Tiny Bauhaus Salon, Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin 
Poetic documentary of a young proletariat. Mediums include photography, video installation, installation.
 
<I SAW YOU NAKED STANDING THERE> 2018, UdK Steinhaus, Berlin
Reveals and converts intimacy between private and public space. Mediums include audio installation, installation.
 
<Up-side-Down> 2019, Vilém Flusser Archive and Vorspiel Transediale and CTM, Berlin
Depicts a bird’s eye view perspective to discuss the relationship between humans, well-being, and ecosystems. Mediums include video installation.

<THE WORST IS TO BE FEARED> 2019, UdK Rundgang, Berlin
Critiques the notion of the culture of fear in the art education system. Mediums include sculpture, action performance.

<NOTITLE> 2020, Duo exhibition, FK Kollektiv, Berlin 
The title, or lack thereof, implies that there can be no winner in the game of man versus nature. The work questions if current man-made power structures have annihilated humanity’s opportunities for tomorrow, particularly in terms of depleted natural landscapes and resources. Mediums include glass, material assemblage.

<Commissioned work by Intersoft>, 2020/2021, installations, permanent display in the office of Intersoft Consulting Service AG, Berlin
A statement of young artists simultaneously accepting and resisting the power relations inherent in the production of commissioned work for a  corporation. Mediums include light installation, painting installation. 

<Pandemic comes from my mum’s hometown, yet, I am in Europe>, 2021, private collection, Berlin
This work is a layered response to the current pandemic. Not only does it address issues of racism towards Asians, but also takes into account the political framework that drives such responses, as well as considers the consequences of human rights that have eroded as a result of ongoing lockdowns. Mediums include metal-paint on canvas, mixed media, aluminum frame. 

“ This ARC is in its early stages of creation. I see lavish possibilities. I strive to wake up everyday to continue to write and re-write these beautiful characters.” Quote from myself, end.

 
 
 

 

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