Shangri-La

 
 

Shangri-La, 2005, 40 minutes , single channel video installation

Shangri-La is a 2005 video installation documenting various attempts to recreate its fictional, eponymous subject, in the real-life Shangri-La, a town in China’s Yunnan province renamed in 2002 to attract tourism.
By hiring local non-actors and using the existing economies to reproduce symbols such as the sacred snow mountain, the project reflects on the link between tourism, site specific artistic practices and documentary practices. These situations, shot in a hand-held and documentary fashion, are often rendered surrealist, as when one sees a mirror-faceted mountain being driven across the barren landscape. 

 

Review:

2014_Press of Topophilia_Art Forum

2007_"Forged Realities"_Flash Art

2007_"Not a Trip, a Quest"_Art Tampa review

2006_"Looking Back"_Frieze Magazine Best of 2005

2006_"Penguins, Lies, and Videotape"_ARTNews

2005_"Art in Review"_The New York Times

2005_"Reviews"_Time Out

2005_"Work of a Higher Order"_Los Angeles Times