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Robert Cahen’s Voyager / Rencontrer

January 12, 2012

The groundbreaking 70s French artist and videomaker opens his first video show in China

  • Text by Karchun Leung

Travel is a typically contemporary way of living. It has also the oldest root in human history – it’s through travel – displacement, migration and nomad life, and even exile – that human beings have written its history and formed its identity – humanity. 

Life is a continuous travel, between the original location and final destination, between the past and the future, between memory and reality, between emotion and imagination…

The groundbreaking 70s French artist and videomaker Robert Cahen’s work is one of the most interesting incarnations of such a process – it’s also truly contemporary, not only resorting to the most up-to-date techniques, but also exploring and demonstrating the very essential aspects of our life today – permanent oscillation, or passage – between stability, settlement, locality and change, displacement, globality… and the very state of being generated in the negotiation.

"Voyager / Rencontrer" is the first Robert Cahen's solo exhibition (at the Minsheng Art Museum) to present the artist’s video creations since the 1980s. Most of the works are results of his travel experiences to various parts of the world. They bring the viewer into a veritable floating world, navigating between reality and fiction, a quasi-bodily experience of travel itself.

Voyager / Rencontrer runs to January 29 at Minsheng Art Museum @

Bldg F, No. 570
West Huaihai Road

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