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.
Physically, pole dance is about tenacity and tolerance. Socially, the art is often about prurient prejudice, still. What about the Chinese POV?
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.
Far from the conventional urban Chinese background, increasing public curiosity stumbles across the highly individual views of Shanghai's vibrant LGBTQ community.
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.
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.