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Ran Huang [Videonale.13]

* 1982 in Xichang, Sichuan CHN, lebt und arbeitet in Beijing CHN 
Studium am Goldsmiths College, University of London GBR und am Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, Birmingham GBR


Ausstellungen [Auswahl]:


2014 Ran Huang, Simon Lee Gallery, London GBR [S] 
2013 Current Films from Asia, Kino der Kunst, München GER 
2012 Disruptive Desires, Tranquility, and the Loss of Lucidity, Long March Space, Beijing CHN [S] 
2011 Thirty years of Chinese Contemporary Art. Moving Image in China 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 
2010 Ran Huang, GEORGE POLKE, London, UK [S] 
2009 MOVE, Werkleitz, Halle GER


Ran Huang [Videonale.13] x

Blithe Tragedy, 2010, 14:52 min., colour, sound [Videonale.13]

In opposite roles of conquerer and hostage, a man carrying a black banner is leading his bound victim through a forest. The clothing that both characters wear intensifies the impression of a gruesome fairytale. The subjugator wears a prosthetic nose, protruding menacingly and hinting at the possible sexual violence that might have triggered these events. The victim is half naked, wearing a metal muzzle, a bondage of silence and subjugation. Yet the video's second location, an empty and pristine interior, suddenly introduces a reversed hierarchy of power. This time the subjugator, unconscious or even dead, is tied to a chair. He has lost his nasal appendage, wearing instead a bondage helmet. Now unmuzzled and unbound, the former victim walks around freely with confidence. A peek into an adjacent room shows a pile of dead bodies, all with some form of muzzle on their faces. It suggests how the victim might have ended up, but something has gone awry in this power struggle. Ran Huang leaves the possible explanations behind the screen, making the viewer ponder the way the events may have unfolded. However, the closing image of two cockerels in a cage, the one attacking and killing the other, serves as an encapsulating metaphor for Huang's parable of sexuality and violence. 

Olena Chervonik

Ran Huang