Ni Zhiqi's (b. 1957, Shanghai, China) first solo exhibition in the Czech Republic, "Punctum", touches upon one of the gaping wounds of contemporary civilization: pollution. "Punctum" critically addresses this subject as the immediate (side-)effect of mass-produced disposable objects.
In his current art practice Ni Zhiqi works with plastic as the medium of his choice. Hereby, the artist touches upon "the wound" of plastic waste and presents it as a problem that affects our ecosystem dramatically. By recycling plastic waste Ni Zhiqi successfully transforms trash that is harmful to our fauna and flora into aesthetic artworks while never neglecting the depths of the environmental problem we caused globally. In his artworks, contemporary man appears drowning in plastic waste. His image is fading.
The exhibition title "Punctum" refers to a concept from Roland Barthes' 1980 book "Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography" and refers to the appearance of "the wound" as something that establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it. "Yet the punctum shows no preference for morality or good taste: the punctum can be ill-bred" – from: Roland Barthes," Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography" (Page 43).
Jan Van Woensel