|"Post-It," wall-writing and lights, Alessandro Rolandi, Beijing (2011)|
Fear of ´Jasmine Revolution" Misplaced
When do opposites become each other?
|A vigilant, paranoid and autocratic state is always watching. (Photo by Stefan van Drake 2011)|
The state´s message is clear: "Be Have!"
Rolandi criticized western media´s misplaced emphasis:
Amnesty International loudly protested.
The German government, which sponsors “The Art of the Enlightenment,” is not thrilled about developments.
German officials wisely rejected this, noting boycots do not work. Such action would hurt the Chinese people not their government.
Gone, the art of enlightenment--soft power
Alessandro Rolandi, age 41, is artist in residence at Harrow International School, Beijing since 2003, teaching art and experimental theatre. He has taught or lectured in eight schools, including Institut d´Edudes de Paris. He is also a film maker, actor, theatre director and author. Rolandi, born in Pavia, Italy, has staged 12 solo exhibitions and participated in 24 group shows.
"I observe, borrow, change and document reality to create possibilities that challenge our current socio-political structures and point out the effects they have on our daily life and on our scheme of thought."
|Alessandro Rolandi´s wall-writing and lights "Post-It," the mirrored image from the state: "Be Have!"|
|"Sierra Sky," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)|