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“Xiyadie: Butterfly Dream” on View Through May 11, 2024, at Blindspot Gallery

Installation view of “Xiyadie: Butterfly Dream” at Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, 2024. Credit: Blindspot Gallery

Blindspot Gallery presents Xiyadie’s (b. 1963) solo show “Butterfly Dream” through May 11. Xiyadie is a self-taught artist who uses the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting, which he learned as a teenager from his mother and female relatives. Xiyadie uses this traditional technique to tell a non-traditional story, meaning an autobiographical account of his life as a gay man and migrant worker from rural China.

Mixing fantasy and reality, and subverting conventions, his works depict intimate scenes such as two men embracing, having sex on a train, and an orgy in a bathhouse. The artist’s pseudonym, Xiyadie, means Siberian butterfly. As the pseudonym and title suggest, Xiyadie presents dreams of resilience and colorful beauty in the show.

This show is Xiyadie’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery. It features more than 30 early and unpublished works. Blindspot Gallery founder Mimi Chun describes Xiyadie as “a rare outsider artist in China.” Xiyadie made waves last year with a solo exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York and will participate in the main exhibition at the upcoming 60th Venice Biennale.

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