On the 19th of March 2015, the opening ceremony for the exhibition “Elemental–Contemporary Multimedia Installations by Tianli Zu” was held at the China Cultural Centre in Sydney. In attendance for the event were Mr. Li Huaxin, Consul General of China in Sydney; Dr. Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor and principal of the University of Sydney; Prof. Colin Rhodes, curator of the exhibition and Dean of the Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney; Mr. Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as up to 100 other guests.
Mrs. Zhao Li, Director of China Cultural Centre in Sydney, began by providing a brief introduction regarding the background of the artist as well as the exhibition. Mr. Li Huaxin also spoke to congratulate the commencement of the event, followed by Professor Colin Rhodes and Mr. Edmund Capon, who offered comments and praise on the Tianli Zu’s work. The ceremony concluded with a speech delivered by Dr. Michael Spence, officially declaring the exhibition open.
Elemental is of a series of installations consisting of hand-cutouts, animation and light projection. The exhibition incorporates Zu’s work which embodies deep experience of both places and cultures. Prof. Colin Rhodes commented, “[the exhibition] synthesizes an expressive singularity that seemingly hosts all things natural and manufactured”.
Dr. Tianli Zu is an Australian multimedia artist, born in Beijing, China.
Zu previously studied at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and, in recent years, her contemporary art practice has incorporated technological aspects. Using an interdisciplinary process of intuitive hand-cut paper objects, animation and cinematic projection, she employs art to engage and comment on complex social phenomena, culturally, philosophically and psychologically. Zu is also a cultural ambassador for the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) at the University of Sydney.
People’s Daily Online and SBS were also present to report on the ceremony.