A Personal Diary

photographs, 1993-2003

In A Personal Diary, Xing presents a highly poetic work that evinces her acute ability

to inscribe China's alternative art scene in the 1990s into her own personal narrative.

We see the city through an eye disturbed by rapid urban development. It calls artists

and their artworks from their studios to the streets, it witnesses the emergence of

installation art in public spaces, and it accompanies and connects with performers in

private apartments, evincing a strong, sensual closeness to them. The camera is

frequently visible in the photographs, and so is the artist herself, as she captures people

and events with an unmistakable passion for what is portrayed.