I recently made my first visit to the White Rabbit Gallery, located in Sydney's inner-city suburb Chippendale. It is self-described as one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art. Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after the year 2000. Vile Bodies, the gallery’s latest exhibit, opened in September 2016 and will run through February 5, 2017.
This eclectic exhibit offers a little something for every visitor. Here is a brief overview about the pieces that are showcased:
- Chinese Offspring, Zhang Dali’s “mass hanging” of naked migrant workers
- Recombinant, 50 photographs of eerily plausible insects and amphibians re-engineered with human skin and hair by Li Shan
- Lu Yang’s electronic music video Krafttremor, in which the movements of men with Parkinson’s disease “control” the soundtrack
- A Wandering robotic avian centipede by Luxury Logico
- Qiu Anxiong’s New Book of Mountains and Seas Part 2, an ink-painting-based animation inspired by a mythological “geography” book.
- Zhou Changyong’s video–sculpture of his qi-shrouded avatar playing Jamie Foxx in an action sequence from Django Unchained.
If you are in the arty mood or looking for something free to do, I suggest checking out Vile Bodies while you can. Visitors are invited to view this impressive exhibit on Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stay for a delicious cup of tea after you’ve enjoyed the art. The Teahouse is open during gallery hours and provides a range of Chinese and Taiwanese teas.
Location: 30 Balfour Street Chippendale NSW 2008 Australia