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"Safaitic Reverie" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Safaitic Reverie" (阳光之下无新事)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Oil painting on canvas
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2013
SIZE 170(W)×137(H)×7(D) cm | 67(W)×54(H)×2.8(D) inches
WEIGHT UNCRATED: 14 kg | 31 lb • CRATED: 29.5 kg | 65 lb (framed)
CRATE SIZE -(W)×-(H)×-(D) cm | -(W)×-(H)×-(D) inches
EXPOSURE "The Art Of Wu Wei" at island6 Shanghai
“Never Talk to Strangers” at island6 ShGarden
Contemporary Istanbul 2014
CREDITS Xu Yihan 徐义涵 (painting) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Fabrice Amzel (photography source) • Jean Le Guyader (photography research) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor)

Shanghai’s graffiti portfolio ranges from the über cool offerings that decorate Moganshan Lu to local scam artists who emblazon their numbers over walls offering services for every occasion. The history of graffiti can be traced by following the Ancient Silk Road from China to the heart of the wide desert landscapes of Damascus. To communicate with other travellers, intrepid traders would leave carvings along the routes, like ancient graffiti, to signal water, food and even warn of danger. These simplified pictorial, gestural marks came to be the basis of the old northern Arabic dialect, Safaitic. Every now and again, catch a glimpse of a piece of graffiti in our own urban landscape, and then follow the Silk Road in the mind’s eye to the Arabian Peninsula. Once there, it is possible to lose oneself in a landscape that promises adventure. Then thoughts can be seduced by impressive sunsets over vast sand dunes, with desert nights full of stars and a never-ending dawn spread across the horizon… [Margaret Johnson]

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