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Haifeng Ni
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Haifeng Ni

Ni Haifeng’s (1964, Zhoushan, China) practice stems from an interest in cultural systems of return, exchange, language and production. Through photography, video and installations, Ni Haifeng explores the simultaneous creation and obliteration of meaning while drawing attention to the cyclical movements of people, products and goods that are often reflective of patterns of colonialism and globalization. Aims to subvert the status quo and counteract preconceived notions of art are, in Ni Haifeng’s words, an effort towards reaching a ‘zero degree of meaning’. The concept of uselessness plays a key role within his practice.

Recent solo exhibition include Of the Departure and the Arrival, Teemtower (Guangzhou, 2009); Para-Production, Joyart (Beijing, 2008); Vive la Difference – Ni Haifeng @ Arrow Factory, Arrow Factory, (Beijing, 2008); The Return of the Shreds (in collaboration with Kitty Zijlmans), Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Scheltema (Leiden, 2007); Kunst als gift Project, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst/Municipality of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, 2006); Of the Departure and the Arrival, KunstRAI, Amsterdam (with Gallery Lumen Travo) (Amsterdam, 2006); New Works, Gallery Lumen Travo, (Amsterdam, 2005); and Multiple lies, GEM, museum of contemporary art (The Hague, 2003).