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Artist : Xie Dongming  
14 - 24 February 2017

Galeri Nasional Indonesia


Element Art Space is pleased to co-host the upcoming solo exhibition ‘Selfscape’ by Xie Dongming at Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. This exhibition will feature Xie’s sophisticated paintings of various (cultural) sites in mainland China and also outside China–including Indonesia. 


The title ‘Selfscape’ was chosen to illuminate an expansive mean in understanding the self which Xie applies by reaching to the intent of “profound experience” on other people expressively. His paintings are different compared to photographic documentations of someone, as the paintings themselves are precisely executed to reach the deepest layers of experience about someone (other than ourselves). He produces portraits of individuals and people from the more remote sites also signify dynamics of discussion in the discursive changes around the global issue of identity.


Xie’s consistency in working with themes of figures and portraits bears explanatory value significant in expanding one’s experience of knowing him or herself, intensifying oneself all along. The meaning of profoundness and maturity in identifying ‘the landscape of the self’ (selfscape) is an existential anchor essential in every man’s life.


Xie Dongming (b. Beijing in April 1956, Ningxiang, Hunan Province) graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree, and stayed on to teach in the 3rd Studio of the Department of CAFA in the same year. Currently, he is the head of the 3rd Studio of the Department of Oil Painting, CAFA, Professor, Director of the Department of Oil Painting and Vice President of the School of Plastic Arts, CAFA.


Video Screening: 'My Trip To Pamir' open to the public.


This exhibition is organised by Fang Gallery.


Address: Gedung D Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur 14, Jakarta Pusat 10110

Opening Reception: Thursday, 14 February 2017, 7 pm - 9 pm