About The Destruction Of Convention And The Resuscitation Of a Nation

Featured自怨 自哀 自怜| zì yuàn zì āi zì lián| self-blame, self-mourning, self-pity in Chinese

It can prove quite the tightrope-walk balancing the obscure and the socially acceptable, separating the earnestly edgy wheat from the gratuitously provocative chaff. Xiaowu Zheng, though, is legit.

About Chinese Art, Censitive Politics And The Coming Out Of Creativity

FeaturedGraffiti writings spotted behind the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital on Heping Road, Beijing, 2011. Image vi Chinesense.com

Art and politics have always been intertwined; with politics being a quintessential source of inspiration for creative critique par excellence. There are eras in which the connection is more apparent than in others, yet in more recent years artists in China have been expressing their political opinions en masse.

China’s Urban Landscape: Driven By Political Vanity Or A Field Of Green Dreams?

FeaturedChina's Ghost Towns. Image via ZED Books.

"Leading by example": The demolition of Beijing's hutongs. Stripping the inner city of its core urban culture aimed to facilitate the introduction of a uni-sized business "ecology". Architecture as a government tool in both China's national image-crafting and modern mindset-creating.