Chen Hangfeng: All that glitters…
29 November – 23 December 2013
Shanghai based artist Chen Hangfeng embarked on a trip to discover a unique village along the Mei Creek which is steeped in history and now produces more than 50% of China’s Christmas exports.All of them are handmade; some of the ornaments are designed and improvised by the villagers themselves, and most of the tools they use to make these Christmas ornaments are farming related objects. Cleverly they have managed to mix and match various farming tools together to work perfectly for Christmas decoration production.
Inspired by this visit he went on to journey to the home of Christmas, Finland, where he travelled to Rovaniemi to meet Santa Claus in the official Christmas office. The artist was delighted to meet with the man himself and was able to ask some personal questions about the daily life of Santa Claus. CFCCA showcased a series of video works by the artist, discovering stories about the little Chinese village and the daily habits and background of Finland’s Santa Claus.