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Stellar ants displayed with dignity

2015-05-29 07:16

By (China Daily)

Stellar ants displayed with dignity

Ant sculptures, made of stainless steel and in various sizes, occupy the entrance and exhibition halls at Beijing's Today Art Museum, where Chinese artist Chen Zhiguang is holding his solo show, With Dignity. Photo provided to China Daily

But by combining the two common perceptions, the artist says, he has instilled greatness in both the creatures and the medium. Chen, therefore, has titled his show With Dignity.

Through his work, Chen advocates respect for all living beings, including the humble ant, and invites viewers to listen to the "voices" that emanate from deep inside every ant in the show.

Chen first touched on the ant motif in 2003. His individual ant sculptures at the time betrayed cynicism and aggression.