INTERVIEW: GAN YI | ITSLIQUID GROUP

INTERVIEW: GAN YI

Interviews | April 14, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Gan Yi

Interview: Gan Yi
Luca Curci
talks with Gan Yi during LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021 at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.

Gan Yi was born in Taiyuan, China. Learning painting since childhood, he gradually saw the truth of the art education system with the deepening of learning. He decided to escape from the mire of contemporary art through the installation art, to express his doubt about life, and constantly try new possibilities. His art hopes to make people think calmly and move closer to the truth.

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Image courtesy of Gan Yi

Luca Curci – How did you get to photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Gan Yi –
Naturally the camera came into my hands by itself, it appeared in my art creation and daily life. I use photography to capture the often overlooked but interesting moments in daily life. The village commemorating my growth was demolished.

LC – When you take photos, are you usually inspired by the situation or do you find inspiration in yourself?
GY –
Both of these give me inspiration, both emerged one after another. I guide these inspirations to live in my works.

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Image courtesy of Gan Yi

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
GY –
People can get closer to the truth through art, and art gives directions or instructions to people. I hope that artists can actively intervene in the social process. Contemporary art is a prophet.

LC – What is your creative process like?
GY –
My creation happens naturally, and I will not deliberately create it for a certain exhibition. Many ideas will emerge, and I don’t know where these ideas come from. I respect them and organize them.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
GY –
I believe something is always behind the world as we know it, right there. What is this thing? Where? It is difficult to say it in words, but I can only use my creations to express it clearly. Understand the media in the continuous learning process, and expressions should not be affected by the media.

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Image courtesy of Gan Yi

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
GY –
I agree. This exhibition is worth repeating.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
GY –
There are all kinds of compulsions, punishments and defects in any time period, and people of any era live under the constraints of that time. This is true of man, but is it true of the soul? Nowadays, people take it for granted that they are not responsible for their own souls, and push their sins on others, on their cities, and on society, so that they may feel justified. Self-righteous people tend to settle for human reason. Through the use of quantified data, communities become attractions, business centres, and urban ‘calling cards’ (the neighbourhood I grew up in was demolished by the government). Communities that once carried culture and soul are gone. People, too. People have become little more ‘human’ resources. People trap themselves in cities. They fill their busy schedules to the brim and have forgotten their soul, forgotten to wake it up. If you don’t wake up the soul, you become a slave to the city. Man comes from the earth and in the end returns to it. Mother Earth bore people into the world, whether you are good or evil, eventually, from the surface of the earth, we return to the embrace of the earth. The world above and the ground of the earth shape people, and the soul wanders the world, between yesterday and today. If the person you were yesterday still lives today, let the ‘you’ of yesterday die! Every death means rebirth, every rebirth means sublimation. Only after the sublimation of the soul one can break through the boundary of time and experience the historical changes that philosophers have speculated and then get closer to the truth. (It’s my ancestral property that was torn down in the photo. The chair in the photo is an ancient Chinese reproduction. This is a rare folding ‘horseshoe back armchair from the Chinese Ming dynasty. Emperors used them as portable thrones while on diplomatic campaigns and leisurely outings. This chair is the most important part of the work, but this chair has been cheated away by the Chinese transportation company. Unfortunately, it will never be shown to everyone).

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Image courtesy of Gan Yi

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GY –
Sure.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GY –
Absolutely yes.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
GY –
I hope ITSLIQUID GROUP gets better and better. Great exhibition, it would be better if there were more online interactions.

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Image courtesy of Gan Yi
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Image courtesy of Gan Yi
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Image courtesy of Gan Yi
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Image courtesy of Gan Yi
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Image courtesy of Gan Yi

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