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This time, from November 17th to February 14th, 2018, DIESEL ART GALLERY will hold a solo exhibition by Chinese photographer C.H.I, “CHINESE CUTTING EDGE” the first of its kind in Japan. The curator of this exhibition is Yasumasa Yonehara, who is known within Japan as an editor, as well as an occasional instant camera photographer. Mr. Yonehara, who boasts 2.36 million followers on Weibo (also known as the Chinese Twitter), and who also displays his activities overseas, got acquainted with C.H.I in 2012. That year, he visited C.H.I’s solo exhibition in Beijing, at a gallery run by the same curator who had handled his own exhibition. Seeing C.H.I’s work, with all sorts of eccentric and fashionable presentations he had never seen until now, gave him a shock stronger than anything from Japan could give. Five years have since passed. Mr. Yonehara had been looking for a chance to introduce C.H.I to Tokyo as a Chinese cutting-edge artist.

Artist : C.H.I

C.H.I was born in Shijiazhuang in 1981. He was raised freely by parents who noticed his talent from pictures he drew at a young age on the house walls. In middle school, he discovered “punk,” and in high school formed a band. Although he attended art school, he was immersed in his band. In 1999, formally created a band called “THE PUNCH-DRUNK SYMPTOM” and, with his own tunes, started domestic tours with other bands of the same generation. He entered Hebei Normal University (College of Arts) but, despairing at a lack of flexibility, dropped out. “THE PUNCH-DRUNK SYMPTOM” climbed to the top of the underground but disbanded in 2003. In 2005, he became the art director of the Rolling Stone magazine and, in 2007, launched a one-of-a-kind art magazine “O’ZINE – Code”, to which he was appointed editor and art director. In 2010, he held his first solo exhibition abroad at Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery, and the following year founded his own art company C .H.I FACTORY. In recent years, he has been working in film production.

Curator : Yasumasa Yonehara

Editor, artist. His work, influenced by the Tokyo street girls culture, is often presented in a media format. He is also an agitator of women’s underground culture since the ’90s. He strongly sensed the influence of social networks early on, and developed activities around the theme “How Japanese is that, then?” He currently sends out daily updates on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Weibo. In June 2017, he made an artistic statement by holding three solo exhibitions with different approaches on the same theme, and progressed to new levels.

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