|October 18 to November 16, 2013
2 channel HD video | China/Netherlands | 2012
“After a performance during Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Arthub Asia and Chen Tong invited me to work for a month at their artist space in Guangzhou. I was hoping to gain access to rich party members through Chen Tong. I got invited to a lot of dinners but gained very little access so I ended up getting lost in Guangzhou a lot.
During my wandering, I stumbled upon the market area, where these androgynous boys were hanging stoically on their bikes and carts during endless traffic jams. I stayed to stare for weeks and they stared back. On first sight these big groups of boys seemed to have very individualised, unique styles and ideas about fashionI think one article called them fashionistas. However, I realised after a while that these styles were actually very uniformthey were copying the styles of soap opera and television idols. I realised that their aspirations, dreams and images of what they would like to be are influenced by the same TV- and advertisement-generated images we see all over the world.
Parts of Rituals are staged and parts are shot en passant. I cast the staged aspects of Rituals like I would anywhere I am working on the street. The participants posed and sometimes felt awkward. They giggled a little during shooting and afterward we went to their favourite restaurant, which was McDonald’s. A lot of them have never been in a film before, but a lot of my western subjects have also never been in films before they work with me. The boys pretty much accepted my poses without questioning because these erotic gestures are so prevalent in advertisements. The erotic has been pulled out of the private or hidden sphere into the public sphere, which created a very powerful but completely non-sexual and not kinky erotic.” JR
Julika Rudelius is an internationally exhibiting video and performance artist. She received her BFA in photography from the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam in 1998, followed by residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldenden kunsten in 19992000 and the ISCP program in New York in 2006. Her work explores themes of emotional dependency, politics, abuse and power. Rudelius’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Brooklyn Museum, New York; MOCA North Miami, Miami; the ICP Triennial 2009; International Center of Photography, New York; the 2009 International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennial, Korea; and Heartland at the Smart Museum, Chicago; with solo shows at the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; and at the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem. Rudelius was recently featured on the cover of Art Papers and a catalogue of her latest solo show entitled Soft Intrusion at Ursula Blickle Stiftung in Kraichtal, Germany was published by Sternberg Press, Berlin. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, Amsterdam and Beijing.
|© Deluge Contemporary Art, 2013
Deluge Art Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada
Canadian Art, Art Gallery Greater Victoria