The Change of "King Words" in 10 Years: the Development and Harmony of Ni Weihua
Source:Artintern Author:Wang Nanming Date: 2008-12-03 Size:
Facing the images of Development is an Absolute Principle and Create an Harmonious Society, people from different shot direction will lead to the divergences of naming: are these traditional documentary records, post documentary records or contemporary documentary records.

 Development is an Absolute Principle

Facing the images of Development is an Absolute Principle and Create an Harmonious Society, people from different shot direction will lead to the divergences of naming: are these traditional documentary records, post documentary records or contemporary documentary records. The two series images of Ni Weihua are documentary record when people first look at them. Each image is telling us that it is the advertisement board, which are written on Development is an Absolute Principle and Create an Harmonious Society, and the surrounding and human beings. However, images own documentary element do not mean that they are the traditional documentary record photography. If this element of documentary record is re-constituted in contemporary documentary record, this documentary record will be a component of a new art contracture. Snapshot and the narrative of time is no long the standard to evaluate the quality of photography. The works of Ni Weihua absolutely are bad photography by using the standard of traditional documentary record to evaluate, however, the contemporary photography is restarting at “bad photography” situation.

As contemporary arts use many concrete images and postures, Ni Weihua also uses the documentary record method to complete his concept art. Here I call this kind of conceptive documentary record as contemporary documentary record. And because it owns conceptive pertinence and specific social problem context, it also belongs to the range of my “criticism art”. Certainly, it is book worship to argue which name is more nicety. Naming finally is established on the communication, not on the inevitability of its essence. For example, the callings of “Abstract Expressionism”, “American painting”, “Action painting” do not influence the event of Abstract Expressionism. The Art Classification also depends on the topic, but not on the established definition. We can re- classified the whole system for the requirement of discussion, so there is not exist an invariable textbook-like classification.

Beginning at the “Linear City Team”, buildup by Ni Weihua and Wang Jiahao in 1997, they used data, character, images and behaviors to do artistic descriptions of a series social phenomenon. Development is an Absolute Principle was a popular slogan during that time, Ni Weihua used camera lens to record these slogan advertisement board in 1998. Later, in 1999, these images were participated in “Individual and Society in Art”exhibition in GuangDong Museum of Art curated by me. The understanding of these series images of Ni Weihua will be disturbed from the following two aspects: one aspect is the traditional documentary records photography system, another aspect is to get ride of photography or popular contemporary photography system. The reason for me to put the series images of Ni Weihua is to discuss how to exceed those two photography system above, and to make conceptive “documentary record” turn into reality.

Recently, the slogan advertisements of Development is an Absolute Principle disappeared for a long time, while, the slogan advertisements of Create an Harmonious Society begin to appear in everywhere as the slogan of Development is an Absolute Principle do in 10 years ago. Ni Weihua starts to shot these slogan advertisements as he did to the slogan of Development is an Absolute Principle. From the replacement of the slogan advertisements during 10 years and various complicated social images, we can find the strategy of administration management and nation Ideology. The comment which I gave to the images of Ni Weihua’s Development is an Absolute Principle is: We are running in tow the word of “Development”; my comment to Create an Harmonious Society is: we are limited by the word of “Harmony”. However, what key word will come after the key words of “Development” and “Harmony”, and what relationship has the new key word with our public life? Base on this, I curate “Key Word---the Development and Harmony of Ni Weihua”in Beijing Wall Museum.

[Editor] Zhang Shuo

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