The artist's first solo show in a UK public institution. Sun compiles series of meticulously hand-drawn animations to create mesmerising films that carry a complex and underlying political narrative. His works blur the lines between art and animation by juxtaposing traditional materials and techniques with contemporary digital strategy.
As a prelude for this exhibition Sun Xun will create a new series of wall drawings in ink and charcoal. They will introduce the animations presented within the show – a selection of black-and-white and colour animations, including 21 KE [21 Grams] (2010). The latter is one of his best-known works and the first ever Chinese animation to be shown at the Venice Film Festival. Sun's animated films weave reality with fantasy while exploring history and the passage of time.