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The Chinese Contemporary Art Award 2016

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Uli Sigg created in 1997, the Chinese contemporary Art Award (CCAA) for the first prize to be set up in China for contemporary Chinese art. This year the biannual award recognised three artists with international careers.

The best Artist Award went to Cao Fei (1978), belonging to the xin xin ren lei 1990’s generation attesting to the globalisation and extension of contemporary China.

The Contribution Award was attributed to Xu Bing (1955) who has worked since the 1980’s on symbols of Chinese society. The artist spent 18 years in USA before returning to China 2013, where he then developed his “History without Words” project.

The Best Young Artist Award was won by He Xiangyu (1986). Criticising the effects of globalisation, he presented the Coco cola project, during which 127 tonnes of soda were transformed into solid material, as well as the Tank Project, requiring several thousand hours of work and tons of leather.

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Cao Fei is one of the most innovative Chinese young artist to have emerged on the international scene with her installations, video and photographs. Her work reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today. She has already been represented in several international biennales in Shanghai, Moscow, Taipei, Istanbul and Sydney.

Daniel Brostrom