His works convey a young perspective on the unsolvable issues in life, such as problems regarding identity and the anguish felt by young Chinese people living through the globalized Chinese culture and cultural policy.
Cyril Duval, born in 1977, is working under the fictional alter-ego brand name item idem. As an artist and designer, he produces work situated within the intersection of conceptual practices, visual communication, industrial design, marketing/branding, and public art.
Duval’s work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (NY), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), NADA Art Fair (Miami), and the New Museum (NY). He is also the founding member & co-president of the Shanzhai Biennial.
Artists: Lida Abdul, Said Atabekov, Mohamed Bourouissa, Chen Chieh-Jen, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Dejan Kaludjerović, Mari Kim, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Taus Makhacheva, Almagul Menlibayeva, Mariko Mori, Ahmet Ögüt, Adrian Paci, Public Delivery, Wang Qingsong, Walid Raad, Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, Taps & Moses, Guido van der Werve, Erwin Wurm, Miao Xiaochun
Exhibited: Joss, 2013
The video refers to paper-mâché offerings burnt in veneration of the deceased’s spirit in Chinese culture. In the contemporary context, this tradition reflects the consumerism of daily life. The video gathers these afterlife possessions to offer a parade of consumer culture: from luxury fashion to electronic gadgets and fast food to pop-cultural icons.
References to Italian director Antonioni and Swiss artists Fischli and Weiss can be seen in the six-minute video. Exploding these paper objects with fire-crackers set in slow-motion, the artists blur the boundaries between celebration and destruction and give a hint of our contemporary fantasy.