Shen Yuan's dramatic sculptural installation Un Matin Du Monde re-creates the entire roof-top of a traditional Chinese house. Using terracotta clay tiles in the style of the Fujian Province, the roof is adorned with spices and dried duck, and houses the sounds of everyday life.
Un Matin Du Monde is a memento of the artist's Chinese hometown, directly transplanted into Chisenhale's large East End space. However, the forms, sounds and odours of Un Matin Du Monde are essentially fragments, unloaded from Shen Yuan's own biographical narrative. The work not only embodies questions of identity: it is a concrete display of the critical global issues of displacement and transmigration.
Shen Yuan's expansive practice ranges from monumental site-specific interventions to intimate, visceral objects. Shen Yuan is a Chinese-born artist who moved to live and work in Paris in 1990. Her recent work, including Un Matin Du Monde, is manifest with observations on her cultural environment.
This exhibition was produced in collaboration with the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), and Arnolfini, Bristol, where a range of work will be shown in a complementary solo show. The project is accompanied by a fully illustrated monograph, published by inIVA.