Up close and personal with those strumming the heart of Beijing’s musical scene.
Smoking Hot Advertising: China’s Sexual Liberation, From Cigarettes to Lelo Rabbits
Sex sells. From 1930s calendar girls to actress Zhou Dongyu in 2020, explore the first and second coming of China's sexual revolution. Through advertising.
Hot Pot Hot Facts: Dip into Some Sizzling Chinese Heritage
Archeological evidence shows that hot pot existed already in the Zhou dynasty (周朝; 1046-256 BC) and was a coveted dish during nobility banquets. Fast forward to China's millennials, we bring you the hot pot hot facts.
China’s Revised Gender Genetics: Canonizing Handsome Girls and Pretty Boys
Plato once wrote that Rhea, mother of the gods in Greek mythology, created three types of tribes: Male, female and the “mix-and-match”. Being superior in strength, both mentally and physically, this third super-non-man tribe at one point in ancient times even tried to banish the gods from Mount Olympus, or so the story has it.
From Social Prejudice to Physical Tolerance with Chinese Pole Dance Artist Zixy Z
Physically, pole dance is about tenacity and tolerance. Socially, the art is often about prurient prejudice, still. What about the Chinese POV?
Bloody Pixy Liao: Reversing and Reframing the Roles of Gender and Nudity in Media
Born and raised in Shanghai, Yijun "Bloody Pixy" Liao's work is now on display inside Antwerp's (BE) Stieglitz19 gallery. Bloody beautiful.
The Artistry Of Body Painting As A Form Of Contemporary Art Practice In China
The art of makeup goes back thousands of years in Mainland China, way back to when the Earth’s natural resources were used to paint one’s face. So when it comes to the artistry that is "body painting"... (Ta)boo or not to boo?
Lao XIE XIE Captures Trending Traditions Among China’s Hot Young Urban Mess
Visual artist Lao XIE XIE is the son of anarchy, a child of the times showing pragmatic filial piety to the urban fast and furious, only.
About The Destruction Of Convention And The Resuscitation Of a Nation
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.
China’s Ethnic Diversity And Versatility: Flashes Of Minority Musings
China’s various traditional minority dress and lifestyle codes have had an extensive influence on urban culture nationwide.
A Shanghai LGBTQ Raconteur: About GenderF*ck Androgynous Aesthetics
Far from the conventional urban Chinese background, increasing public curiosity stumbles across the highly individual views of Shanghai's vibrant LGBTQ community.
Yvan Deng Drops Contempo Catwalk Beats: The Reflection Of A New Nation
Art represents the Zeitgeist. When it comes to China’s younger generations, contempo fashion illustrations reflect the spirit of the society as much as they do the actual pieces on the catwalk.
About Mutual Visual Exposure: Laurent Hou Tells The Tale Of His Shaanxi Series
Photographer Laurent Hou explains, "People you photograph expose themselves and their way of life to you and your lens, but you too expose yourself to them." It's all about the vice versa of the visual arts.
Underground Crossover Collective Yeti Out: All Music, No Myth
Founded by brothers Arthur and Tom Bray together with Eri Ali, Yeti Out has become one of the best known DJ crews for youth nightlife and fashion marketing activations in Greater China.
China’s EDM Scene: The Pounding Sub-Bass Source That Sends Heads Spinning
Once a country dominated by pop (and though it still has a dominant position in the market), it seems China’s music scene is becoming more diverse. Rave 'n Roll!
From Sub To Super: The Socio-Politico Power Of China’s Artistic Underground Scene
Art is an integral in culture as it provides a deeper understanding of our emotions and self-awareness. Enter: China's underground artists.
SHIN! Youth: About Capturing China’s Brazen Post-95 Street Cult
SHIN! Youth street photography emphasizes the attitude and personality of China’s youngsters and urban trendsetters -- aka the post-95s.
China’s Urban Lingerie Movement And One Nation’s Exploration Of Femininity
Dolce & Gabbana once famously stated, “Lingerie is the maximum expression of a woman’s femininity” and in 2019, such mottos are coming to light across China’s first- and second-tier cities.
Beijing Photographer Ulysses Wu Does Not Conform To 2018. Bring On 2019
Lang Jingshan (郎靜山 in Chinese| August 4, 1892 – April 13, 1995) was the first Chinese photographer to take artistic nude shots. China's millennials have now taken up the torch.
China’s Tattoo Art: From Gender And Hip-Hop Taboo To Millennial Craze
Tattoos have been engraved in Chinese culture for a long time, yet for most of that history, they were stigmatized.
Visual Artist MA TE: The Politics Of Society And Urban Humanity In Tomorrow’s China
China's contempo artistic scene is increasingly letting its socio-politico voice hit those high notes. From AQ critiques to views on humanity and sexuality.
China’s Original TǔKù (土酷) Culture — Touristy Vibes At Tiananmen
China's original TǔKù culture. The very Chinese phenomenon that is TǔKù takes a more direct approach to shooting images, staged around popular tourist areas.