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.