Sliced Units is an exhibition of three films at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) by award winning artist Shen Xin, which includes the international debut of Warm Spell, a new co-commission and joint acquisition by University of Salford Art Collection and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA).
The three short films, Warm Spell (2018), Provocation of the Nightingale Channel 1 (2017) and Snow Country (2013), use different techniques to create fictionalised spaces where discussion on complex political issues plays out. The Sliced Units of the exhibition title refers to the different positions represented in each film, from layering and interweaving different images and film styles to scripted performance.
In Warm Spell a haunting and ghostly presence is introduced alongside images from Ko Yao Yai, Thailand. The film uses slicing techniques to create a narrative about climate change and the disparity between high emission countries that are most immune to its effects, and countries (such as Thailand) that rely heavily on natural resources yet are facing more imminent threats.
Warm Spell is a new co-commission by MIMA and the University of Salford Art Collection. The work will enter both institutions’ holdings through a joint acquisition. It is also supported by The Elephant Trust London, and completed during Shen Xin’s residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
Exhibition dates: Friday 11 May – Sunday 1 July
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Venue: CFCCA, Manchester