WANG Chen

The Sin Park

15 January — 04 April, 2021

At first glance, The Sin Park might look and feel like an utopian world, but slowly and surely the world evolves into a rather dark reflection of the failure and illusion of utopia. As WANG Chen began working on this imaginary world, the obvious societal and human aspects appeared by themselves. Issues like power structures and politics, imbalances of gender and sexuality emerged. Almost as by causality the impossibility of a utopia unfolded.

WANG Chen was born in Hohhot, China in 1991 and is a multimedia artist currently living and working in NYC. Her work often incorporates digital video, performance, 3D game design, drawing, costume design and fabrication. WANG received a BFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 and an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018. The Sin Park (2019) is the artist’s latest video piece, which is marked by costumed performance: dominant gestures that spring from human desire and physical violence. The combination of dense and highly saturated mise-en-scènes display allegories of power in regard to sexual identities within heteronormative social constructs.

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