Silk Road Notes
Speaking of her 2019 trip to China's Dunhuang Caves, Shirazeh Houshiary commented: "I found that I was very moved by these experiences: for me, going to Mo Gao was a kind of journey, a journey of understanding one's relationship with time, because we have to ask this one fundamental question. These works of art belong to another time, thousands of years have passed... we cannot understand the people of that time. their framework – their perception of time is different from our time, our perception. We live in another time, with a different understanding of the world we live in, how do we connect to that? I think art has the ability to transcend time and space."
In a lecture after the visit, alongside artist Yu Hong, Houshiary discussed the history of this artistic and religious site, the significance of the ‘Silk Road’, and Houshiary’s early interest in the stories from this region. You can read more about this talk here.
The visit was one of the sources of inspiration for Houshiary's recent exhibition, As Time Stood Still, at Lisson Gallery Shanghai, where she presented five powerful new paintings.