Timur SI-QIN



  • 〈East, South, West, North〉, 2018, mixed media installation with sculptures, lightboxs and VR. Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Magician Space

  • 〈East, South, West, North〉, 2018, mixed media installation with sculptures, lightboxs and VR. Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Magician Space

East, South, West, North

 

 Timur Si-Qin continues his development of New Peace, a project of secular spirituality for the 21st century. Identifying the dualistic legacy of agricultural society and religion as maladaptive for our contemporary world, New Peace argues for a re-enchantment with matter as the necessary basis for confronting the material problems of our times. With this, Si-Qin signals both a return to and a necessary upgrade of our spiritual orientation and dimensionality. However, the dialogue between the artist and a diverse array of materials — whether stones, trees, illuminated advertisements, digital images, or seashells — is, at one level, only limited to aesthetic forms and considerations. But at a deeper level, this dialogue also advocates for the independent, open consideration of culture as an emergent manifestation of matter. As various outmoded boundaries wear away, the question of how art should reconstruct subjectivity, consciousness, and morality within the material emerges. New Peace is Si-Qin’s attempt to provide a potential path and the resources for humanity to re-orient itself in an age of cataclysmic change.



About the Artist


 Born in 1984, Timur Si-Qin is an artist of German and Mongolian-Chinese descent who grew up in Berlin, Beijing and with a Native American community in the American Southwest. Growing up in trans-cultural environments helped inform Si-Qin’s unique sensitivity to the differences and more importantly the commonalities across different cultures. Leading to his research into the emergence of culture from nature. Now living in New York, Si-Qin has become a leading figure in a generation of artists [whose practices are informed by the philosophies of New Materialism] who challenge the perceived separation between the human and the natural world. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at: Magician Space (Beijing, 2018/2015); Spazio Maiocchi (Milan, 2018); Société (Berlin, 2018/2015/2013/2011); Art Basel (Hong Kong, 2018); Konfuzius Institut (Berlin, 2017); Team Gallery (Los Angeles, 2016); Art Basel Statements (Basel , 2016). He also participated in the 9th Berlin Biennale in 2016 and the Ural Biennale in 2019.