Xiao Fang, 2015 to Present
NAME: Xiao Fang
DATE: 2015 to Present
#Event #Video #Photography #Green Hats
“Xiao Fang” Arrow Space, Solo
“Et Dieu Créa la femme” FIAC
“Young Artist Competition”
“Looking for Friends” Today Museum
“Trace in the Hidden Silence”
“Stress Field” 4th Cultural Triennial
"Xiao Fang Museum" Inauguration
On a visit to my hometown in Sichuan in 2015, I found my mum was knitting shoddy hats with some women in the town. Mum’s time was sold as cheaply as these hats were made. “I won’t take money out of my kin’s pocket!” Proud and independent, Mum refused me when I offered to help. Back to Beijing, I put mum in contact with a friend of mine called “Xiaofang” who was arranged to buy her hat at a high price. Mum placed trust in Xiaofang and kept in touch with her. As the price and Xiaofang’s demand varied, Mum learned to surf the Internet, log in on Wechat and use online banking ---she would even write her own name not that of dad on the express mail sheet. Accompanying her confidence boosted while learning to be self-reliant, were varied “strange” hats based on her sensitivity to the knitting yarn and impression of the cold winter in Beijing.
When this project was shown for the first time in Arrow Factory in 2017, there was a big demand for these hats. They are part my collection of mum’s time, so I am reluctant to sell them as a “retailer”, but at the same time I wish to place a high value on them. The women in town envied her for the quality knitting yarn, mum told me, so I organized them and started a brand called “Hu Xiaofang” for the distribution of their products. The brand, registered in China and France as an independent, original trademark, will be premiered on April 22, 2017. Mum and her knitting group know nothing about this project in process, , nor that I am Xiao Fang.