Li Zhensheng, the Red-Color News Soldier who, in the shadows of the darkroom, developed a visual testament to a pitch black period of heinous chaos in modern Chinese history.
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.
Whether Mao's was the original sin or suit, fact is his liquidation of the individual through repeated political and cultural shockwaves and unisex has in the past decade undeniably led to an explosion of individuality and creativity across China's first-tier cities.
"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.
The Jasmine Sour Collection presents an assemblage of China Propaganda wealth and wisdom. Raise the red lantern, it's lit!
Physically, pole dance is about tenacity and tolerance. Socially, the art is often about prurient prejudice, still. What about the Chinese POV?
Born and raised in Shanghai, Yijun "Bloody Pixy" Liao's work is now on display inside Antwerp's (BE) Stieglitz19 gallery. Bloody beautiful.
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?
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.
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 various traditional minority dress and lifestyle codes have had an extensive influence on urban culture nationwide.
Far from the conventional urban Chinese background, increasing public curiosity stumbles across the highly individual views of Shanghai's vibrant LGBTQ community.
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.
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.
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.
Performance art: "A type of theater entertainment in which the artist's personality and the way in which they create and develop their ideas form part of the show". Thank you, Cambridge Dictionary. Let us now go live to China.
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.
A Chinese masquerade that runs from painted monkey mayhem on the stage to smokin' hot political smog outrage on the streets... Face masks and Chinese culture are inextricably linked.
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!
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 street photography emphasizes the attitude and personality of China’s youngsters and urban trendsetters -- aka the post-95s.
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.
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.
Tattoos have been engraved in Chinese culture for a long time, yet for most of that history, they were stigmatized.
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 culture. The very Chinese phenomenon that is TǔKù takes a more direct approach to shooting images, staged around popular tourist areas.