2023.03.12 — 2023.04.14

Videos by the Sea: Han Qian

Aranya Art Center and the Aranya Library are pleased to present Chinese artist Han Qian’s solo exhibition, which includes her video Stillness Between Two Waves of The Sea (2022) and two installation works developed from the video: Resisting, Reposing Ⅰ and Resisting, Reposing Ⅱ (2023).


Stillness Between Two Waves of The Sea explores a mountain range stretching for hundreds of miles in Xuanhua, Hebei. It uses the camera to imagine the perspective of a rock and is presented in the form of a dialogue through letters. From a conjecture about red rocks in the beginning of the last century to the gradual decline of the steel industry, the work traces the geological memory and evolution network of this land. People have left, rocks have been discarded, but the sediment of identity and memory continues to transform and relapse. The artist strives to create an opening slit that allows for reflection on individual identity and history, revealing how multiple temporalities and spaces encounter and intertwine with each other on a specific land.

Han Qian was born in 1993 in Wuhan. This solo exhibition is the first presentation of the independent program Videos by the Sea, organized jointly by the Aranya Art Center and the Aranya Library. The exhibition will be on view from March 12 through June 25, 2023.

Installation Views

Photography: Sun Shi



Artist and writer Han Qian received her BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma in 2016, and her BA and MA from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris in 2021. Currently, Han Qian is investigating the migration and reconstruction of China's iron and steel industry from the north to the south in the twentieth century, within the context of her own family history spanning three generations. She has initiated a series of long-term field-research-based creative projects examining the genealogy of natural resources and political discourses behind this historical narrative, and the changing fates of the individuals within.