Video recently seen in Beijing


Jin Shan

Kan Xuan

Li Ming

Li Yongbin

Morgan Wong Wing-Fat

Wang Qingsong

Zhao Yao


The Knife’s Edge transforms the Main Gallery into a multi-channel screen space to present video work by seven of Beijing’s exciting contemporary artists. Turning inwards and away from broader socio-political commentary, these video works celebrate individual ways of perceiving and being in the world. Simple acts and familiar rituals are removed from their everyday context and are transformed into moments of wonder – and at times disquiet.


From the frenetic flashes of Beijing city silhouetted against a never-setting sun, to the slow passing of time as it is marked against the artist’s body, the works draw us into their own time and subjective reality.


Erin Coates is a Perth-based artist and curator, and FAC Exhibitions Coordinator. She spent the first half of 2010 in Beijing in a residency at Red Gate Gallery and researching Chinese video art.

The Knife’s Edge in The West Australian

The Knife’s Edge Media Release

The Knife’s Edge Catalog

The Knife’s Edge Floorsheet

The Knife’s Edge in Artlink