AWAKE IN THE WESTERN DREAM
Angela Xie & Jing Ma Interview by Javier Melian, www.chrom-art.org co-founder for www.thepalettepages.com
“A Man from a Hot Country” is the current installation over two floors at the wonderfully peculiar ‘Hundred Years Gallery’ in Hoxton, that specialises in unseen, alternative Art with a
social background. It tells a story of an illegal immigrant; an artist who moves to London and sells counterfeit designer goods to make a living. The minds and hearts behind the idea are
young Chinese Art students Angela Xie and Jing Ma who now live in London but met during their A-Levels in Surrey. Angela is from Guangdong from a family of five siblings!. Jing has a brother.
Jing paints and Angela does installations and immersive theatre. The represent the new China.
Jing paints landscapes and plants. Angela had the installation idea inspired on the simplicity of Jing’s work. “This mind is simpler, lighter” referring to the immigrant. “In western culture
‘the man from the hot country’ would have no status at all, no identity but he doesn’t need them. The exhibition’s basement is a parallel reality to the one we live in. This character doesn’t
need labels but he is not against the material world either as he sells fake bags for living. All he wants is to paint, to exist. He is a happy man that paints because that is his purpose,
not because he wants to be successful. As he comes from a very poor country he needs a different setting to paint but he might leave soon or stay here forever. The moral of the story is that
failure is a consequence of life, and so is success, and both don’t matter”.