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  Multi Archaeology, 1162 - 2162 Another thousand years
 
 
 
 
   
  Thirty-one-year-old Li Zhenhua is from Beijing. While he is a multimedia artist himself, for years he has worked as a curator and producer of projects reflecting on contemporary culture. His research has focused on national and trans-national identity, land and borders, art and science. A basic theme in his curatorial work is the search for common cultural roots between different populations, both between China and its neighbours and, at the more macroscopic level, between East and West. The figure of Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire and conqueror of a vast territory during the 12th century, is invoked as a symbol of the pioneering spirit and communication between civilizations.
In Li Zhenhua’s project developed for the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina Florence, Genghis Khan is the underlying source of inspiration; the exploration of this figure, however, is not concerned so much with the historical past but serves exclusively as a way for the curator to analyze the roots of possible visions of the future of humanity. In his section, entitled "Multi-Archaeology”, the curator, along with the chosen artists - Ren Qinga, Wu Ershan, Shen Shaomin and Zhao Liang – offers site specific projects and video installations examining cultural identity, how individuals are moulded by constant change and reciprocal cultural influences, and thereby the relative value of concepts such as "nation” or "race”. The CCCS would like to thank the Tang Contemporary Art Center of Beijing, co-producers of the installations by Ren Qinga and Wu Ershan, for the works created specially for the Florence exhibition.