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Urban living explored in group exhibition

THE exhibition "Fiction Is Truth" depicts a "spiritual landscape" of the urban people's inner life through a paradox.

The exhibition, featuring nine young artists from Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, is divided into two parts: canvas and video.

The show is a bit gloomy and pessimistic toward the future of mankind.

"Today when the digital technology prevails, the seemingly 'true world' conjured up by it is rather convincing and easily available," says Zhu Qinghua, one of the curators. "It is difficult to tell whether we create this illusionary world or we just come from such an illusionary world?"

For example, artist San Shui's "The Bund" features a blurred scene of the Bund - the icon of the city.

But the scene of the Bund is overlapping with another background of a vast sea, creating a surrealistic aura.

The artist poses such questions as "When a forest of highrises is surrounded by the sea, how could man deal with it? Is the due day of 2010 coming?" to every visitor with a warning of mankind's living mode.

Unlike San, Wu Wenxing's artwork "The Traces of the Wall" is more subtle and evokes the memories of the elderly from a bygone era.

The artist captures those ordinary wall or trees on the street.

On closer inspection, viewers will find different traces such as its natural texture of a tree or wall, or the stamping vestiges of those small advertisements.

Usually these small advertisements are illegal, such as the secret medical recipe and the making of fake certificates.

"This is a small detail of the city's landscape, which might be largely ignored," Wen says. "But through this, it seems that the viewers are observing such privacy."

Another on-site video project created by Lin Xudong features a jar of swimming pollywogs whose images are projected on the white wall.

The moving pollywogs are continuously running against the jar, implying some of today's existing social issues.

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