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Beijing Commune

Song Dong

SONG DONG, Writing Time With Water Beijing (detail), 1995, six photographs, each 40 x 60 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Beijing-based Song Dong (see AAP 29, 48) has been an understated but visible and thought-provoking presence on the Chinese art scene since the 1990s. Beijing Commune’s recent retrospective exhibition, which took up the entire single-floor gallery, illustrated Song’s consistent exploration of ephemerality, particularly the difficulty of marking the passage of time and the fragility of the visual image.

Two of the earliest works in exhibition, Writing Time with Water (1995-2007)…

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