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.