Zhu Rixin | The Other Waste Land: Beijing

8 January - 19 March 2022

At the moment, the "other" is moving across national borders, interacting to everyone. However, when each individual faces this concept, he will always stand within the circle delineated by himself, and treat certain identity characteristics that are full of rich meaning and constantly changing as an immutable and highly consistent reaction internal to himself. The formation of the other often depends on editing by others, and the accumulation of information fragments screened by others, turning the other into a vast wasteland. The starting point for forming this exhibition is that Zhu Rixin saw a map of Homo sapiens spreading and migrating during the epidemic. At the beginning of this century, geneticists traced and mapped the migration paths of ancient humans by studying the genetic markers on the Y chromosomes of men around the world, such as M168 and M89. From the map of this path, we can clearly understand how Homo sapiens spread from Africa to all corners of the world step by step. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, artists have become very interested in the movement and stillness of the body. The development of science and technology has greatly improved the frequency and efficiency of the movement of people today. People have become accustomed to transcending geographical environments. Technology allows us to surpass obstacles, to quickly reach at any time any place on the earth that was once unimaginable; for Homo Sapiense, why and where to move where decisive factors for survival. In the process of movement, individual consciousness will change the path and destination of migration and will also map a mutual relationship with the current world.


Zhu Rixin uses various languages​​such as corrosion, cutting, binding, tearing, etc. on stainless steel, cloth, paper and other materials to describe the world landscape with the trajectory of the Y chromosome as a dark line, and re-examine each from the perspective of modern people. Leading to the unknown road, he re-organizes the relationship between each node in each path, including trade routes, continental drift, biological migration, etc. The artist juxtaposes various geological landscapes and man-made landscapes, smashes and reorganizes them, and imagines a very artificial and highly controlled individual and technical world theater. People walk along, stopping, continuing, forming different communities, races, beliefs and cultures, but also creating separation, conflict and confrontation. In the current era of such chaos and complexity, going back to the source, may be able to trace not only the origin of the human group, but also the peace that everyone desires in their hearts. Zhu Rixin uses the method of tracing the source to generate predictions for the future, isolating the world with mountains and sea water, and then using iron wires and colors to bridge the heart of oneself. He took at the map of Homo sapiens and re-measures the real world, looking for infinite possibilities in the past and future, with others, with his self, with the world, through anger, or reconciliation.


Zhu Rixin was born in Jiujiang, Jiangxi in 1986. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master's degree. He currently lives and works in Beijing. His works have been exhibited in the Repin Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum, He Xiangning Art Museum, CAFA Art Museum and other domestic and foreign institutions, and have received wide attention and evaluation in Brussels Expo, Shanghai 021 Art Fair and West Bund Expo. Public collections include Hyatt Group, Luhu•A4 Art Museum, Audemars Piguet House, etc.