Illumination

Bai Yiluo

白宜洛

Production date
2011

Media
antique household lamps
Measurements
dimensions variable
installation space 6 m diameter approximately
Notes
Illumination references the disappearance of everyday objects that were once essential to every Chinese household: it presents the artist’s collection of dozens of rusty old oil lamps from all over China. This fairy-tale collection of artefacts, inviting an Aladdin-like meditation on wishes and dreams, speaks of obsolete technologies and simpler lives lost in the transition to modernity. From his memories of childhood in a country just emerging from the Cultural Revolution, and the monotony of his early life on the factory assembly line, Bai Yiluo has forged a sophisticated art practice that connects the past with the present day.
Accession number
2012.003
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