Born in 1967 in Inner Mongolia, Cang Xin is a largely self-taught artist–for him, art is more than technique: it is an extension of his self-image as a modern shaman, heir to the nature-magic tradition of his native Mongolia. Cang expresses an intuitive understanding of the inner processes of Nature and the different visual emanations of Nature’s energetic forms. Cang Xin first seized the public imagination with Communication (1996-2006), a ritual-performance series in which he licked or tasted everything from cockroaches and cobblestones to banknotes and a portrait of Jean-Paul Sartre. In another series, Identity Exchange (2000-06), he swapped clothes with random people, usually complete strangers. Works such as Shamanism Series: Variation (2006) and Exotic Flowers and Rare Herbs series (2007-08 ) express the shamanic idea that all life forms are linked by the endless transmigration of souls.
In The 14th Factory, Cang’s paintings are an integral feature of the Garlands installation, and the also artist appears in the film The Dormouse, and in a portrait in the Jubilee gallery installation. During the exhibition period Cang Xin will also be on site at The 14th Factory to create a live performance within the installation environment.