马海蛟 Ma Haijiao
风景计划 | Landscape project
影像观看链接 | Video web
作品信息下载 | Download Ma Haijiao Portfolio
Introduction of the project:
Name of the protagonist: Ma Guoquan, was married at the age of 28 and had raised a daughter with his wife. Guoquan suffered from brainstem impairment due to a car crash at age 30. Due to the accident, he had lost some intelligence and memory. At age 32, Guoquan was forced to divorce. Since then he has been living with his father and daughter, Ma Guoquan is now 53 years old. The complete artistic production arises from the investigation of both Ma Guoquan’s private life and his social environment.
This is a biographical film of Ma Guoquan, recording his family life and personal thoughts when he suffered from mental deficiency. The film reveals the counties’ spectacle in north China in 2010s, with the ubiquitous construction sites that had developed under the “region urbanization policy” and the emergence of religions that had come to serve as a mental sustenance for locals.
Mr.Quan, video stills
A camera recorded Ma Guoquan’s personal life in his bedroom for 101 days, using the motion detection recording function of a CCTV. At this point, the bedroom, as a private space, was surveilled through a camera. We can say that such surveillance has been a kind of invasion of privacy. Throughout the 101 days, the camera as a mechanized eye also faced potential circuit errors, network failures and violation behaviors of participants.
Mr.Quan: 101 days, video still
Mr.Quan: Scrapped Images
The artist edited and placed, in chronological order, the images and videos generated from the 5 months creation period. These images came from the mobile phone and laptop’s screen shot, as well as digital and analog camera. These photos and videos were not intended to be artworks. Some were traces of the day-to-day, and others photos were automatically generated from a smartphone’s software. The creation date set by the device became the only relationship that held these fragmented pieces together. The video presents a delicate relation between the artist’s personal life and the artwork itself. Additionally, a sense of absurdity is evoked from the collection of these isolated scrapes.
Mr.Quan: Scrapped Images, video still
photography/ documents/ collage/ dimension varies
Combining photography with collage, the work presents the documentations of Guoquan’s personal life in 30 years. In 1989, Ma transcribed in his notebook contents from a book titled “Social Networking”. These were the handwritings that were found before his injury. 27 years later, these notes were rewritten by him. The essence of time is manifested through the connection of the documentation. With a sharp contrast between the mature and childish handwritings, the content of the notes also took on a new form with the passing of time.
Mr. Quan:1989-2016 #01, 28 x 35cm, front side
Mr. Quan:1989-2016 #01, 28 x 35cm, back side
Mr. Quan:1989-2016 #03, 60 x 88cm
Mr. Quan:1989-2016 #04, 34 x 47cm, front side
Mr. Quan:1989-2016 #04, back side
《何不再问》第11届上海双年展 展示现场 2016
installation view in Why Not Ask Again, 11th Shanghai Biennale 2016