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Title

Burning mirror (Beijing 2001)

2001

Artist

Song Dong

China

1966 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2001
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital video, colour
    Edition
    4/12
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:13:00 min
    Credit
    Gift of Brian and Gene Sherman 2021. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    47.2021
    Copyright
    © Song Dong
    Artist information
    Song Dong

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  • About

    Song Dong and his partner Yin Xiuzhen (whose photographic, sound and installation work Beijing Opera 2000 is in the Gallery’s collection) were pioneers of China’s avant-garde art in the late 20th century. Burning Mirror presents scenes of everyday life in Beijing reflected in mirrored plastic. The images quiver and then blacken and melt away as the reflective sheet is set alight and small flames become an engulfing fire. Passers-by are shown paying little attention to the blazing performance. Song Dong has often worked with fire and mirrors, capturing moments of reflection, destruction and restoration in powerfully understated performances involving everyday objects and locations.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition