The artists in this exhibition look back to Chinese aesthetic and philosophical traditions but also forwards to speculative and sometimes dystopian futures. Many of these artists live and work in Beijing or Shanghai, where inhabitants grapple with issues of apocalyptic air pollution, unbelievable traffic, fears of food and water safety. It is not really surprising that it is Chinese artists who are exploring issues of the Anthropocene, creating morality tales that can be construed as a ‘wake-up call’ to us all. They employ materials, techniques and ideas that are closely identified with Chinese culture and reinvent them to reflect on issues that affect the global contemporary world.

7 Sep - 3 Feb