The Paris based Chinese origin Wang Du has been recognised as a master of manipulating images related to the mass media. He is an iconoclastic hero in re-appropriating and deconstructing the spectacular images of our contemporary society founded upon the logic of creation, consumption and manipulation of information, both textual and imagery. In his often-spectacular sculptures and installations, Wang Du turns some of the most spectacular moments propagated by the hegemonic system of mass media into ironic and absurd forms. Facing his spectacular art works, what one experiences is, indeed, the ultimate disillusion of the fictive myth of contemporary society promised by the global capitalist ruling machine. Tourism is no doubt the most important economic activity in the region where Arte all’Arte takes place. It’s the unsaid foundation of the contemporary society here, dominating most of the economic, cultural and political activities. Instead of commenting the apparent phenomenon of touristic triumph, Wang Du is particularly interested in exploring the internal and more essential nature of tourism itself. His obsessive fascination of the myth of the image pushes him to question the making of the amazing cityscape of San Gimignano itself. But, he prefers to play with the fictive quality of it instead of dealing with the "real history": somewhere in the city, against the spectacular sight of the San Gimignano towers, he discretely digs into the soil and reveals a large object supposedly excavated from the remote past. It’s strange look reminds of some eccentric aircraft from outer space; in the meantime, it also looks like an enlarged version of a house-ware sold in the supermarket… Obviously, Wang Du is inventing a new tourist spot for this famous tourist city. However, his tourist spot is, like the tourism that he proposes, the most suspicious one. It’s simply a parody of the contemporary tourism and social/economic life, with San Gimignano as a "city of touristic cliché".

Wang Du, Mamma Mia!, 2003
Parco della Rocca, San Gimignano
Project for Arte all’Arte 2003
Photo Ela Bialkowska, view of the installation.