The 21st Century “Silk Road”, a rail-inspired milestone business link between East China and Europe, traversing 7000 miles has almost caught up with this touring exhibition at its final port of call at the home of “Inspiring Culture” in Antwerp.
One objective of this touring show, Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors, was to explore cultural differences and enhance cultural understandings between East & West by contemplating the myriad of interpretations that artists can make from first-hand encounters with the Terracotta Warriors. The ambitious aim of blending cross-cultural identities into a coherent exhibition is a convincing argument for a pluralistic approach to societal problems. The ancient Silk Road was a phenomenal trade-route that brought together new cultures as well as new religions that helped shape and connect the modern world.
As China’s modern day $900Billion superhighway Silk Road, spanning 65 countries and four continents catches up with the “Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors” exhibition in Europe, it’s interesting to reflect on the impact of this Sino-EU cultural exchange against the backdrop of worldwide connectivity and societal aspirations, such as citizenship, community, cultural identity, nationality, and populace challenges relating to migration, inequality, disenfranchisement, intolerance, xenophobia, extremism, and ethnic conflict.