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  • Li Lihong’s golden McDonalds: Artist profile

    When discussing the interest in ceramics to contemporary art in China, Li Lihong 李立宏 is a name to reckon Visual Arts. Li re-invents the everyday contemporary icons, in three-dimensional renderings of some of the most recognizable confrontational tone, prefer to refer to his works as “marrying traditional Chinese aesthetics and materials with contemporary “Li Lihong,” Artsper, 2022,

  • Oh no, another article about Xu Bing. And the a-cultural beauty of linguistic mastery

    Reaction in international contemporary art? paradigms in “contemporary art” movements in China starting from the ’80s.1 That reaction was called contemporary art scenario the usage of calligraphy and ink-wash.3 Nonetheless, should the use of these Is it “contemporary art” as if that would mean a particular set of techniques? But in this context of contemporary globalized art market production, if any art production is labeled

  • A Way of the Ink 水墨之道?

    Yan Zhou is an experienced curator and scholar of Chinese contemporary art. Particularly important for the contemporary history of Chinese art is, according to this author, a resurgence Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, curated by Maxwell Hearn, at the Metropolitan Museum References / To go further Yan Zhou, A History of Chinese Contemporary Art 1949 to Present (Singapore “Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

  • A contemporary need of 道 (Dao)

    However, I know our audience is interested in contemporary China, so let me elaborate on that. The 道 (Dao) of the present To be significant for contemporary times, I assume that concepts and ideas Consequently, I argue that the 道appears in contemporary writers, who, even though not familiar with the "After Bolaño's first novel was translated into Chinese, it greatly influenced Chinese literary and artistic The 道 (Dao) of tomorrow The reappearance of the 道 in contemporary writers from cultures totally alien

  • Listening to contemporary China’s heartbeat through Howie Lee’s rhythm

    explosion of information fostered by the usage of smartphones, video sharing, constant flow of news articles and images (as the artist himself puts it3), is overwhelmingly expressed in his music and the visuals In that sense, he humbly points out that artists' creativity relies on the inputs and influences they

  • Mao keeping track of the God of Fortune, or how Mao Zedong's iconography made space into fortune

    These representations were highly inspired by soviet socialist realist art and were readapted to the ‘Post-Political Pop.’5 Contemporary artists like Sui Jianguo 隋建国create exhibitions with sculptures of arts and religious scenarios. Art (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007). Hou Hanru, “Towards and ‘un-official art,’” Third Text 10, no. 34 (1996).

  • When soliciting sex workers becomes a hot topic on the Chinese Internet

    On September 18, Fudan University in Shanghai expelled a doctoral student and two master's students when it was discovered that the three had solicited prostitutes off-campus. On October 21, the official account of the Chaoyang Branch of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau issued a notice that the famous pianist Li Yundi (李云迪) was seized for visiting prostitutes. Within a short period of one month, two cases related to soliciting prostitutes were reported, triggering the emergence of online discussions on prostitution. Awareness of the rule of law and rights The majority of people commenting on the news agreed that sex workers’ solicitation is an offense; however, they argued that tipping off and publicizing it is a violation of citizens' “human dignity” and “personal privacy.” In other words, the personal information obtained by the police in the course of their work should not be used for other purposes and should not be shared publicly. These concerns indicate netizens’ awareness of and eagerness to discuss the rule of law and citizens’ rights, even in cases as sensitive as sex workers’ solicitation. The neglected women Pianists and students from prestigious schools are often considered to be part of society’s elite, which might account for why the consequences of their arrest and the publicization of their names are highly discussed topics. Many people think that the publication of their information means that they no longer have a normal social life and social status and have lost their right to continue to develop in society, i.e., that they are "socially dead" (社死shesi). However, this view is given from a male standpoint, and it is only the social reputation and status of men that are discussed. The women selling their services, their physical and psychological survival are completely ignored in this discussion. Soliciting prostitutes or raping? Others have argued that compared to Chris Wu or Wu Yifan (吴亦凡), a famous singer who was exposed in August for raping a fan, Li Yundi and the three students expelled from Fudan are facing more lenient consequences. It is argued that the person who solicits sex workers does not compel others with power, does not violate anyone, and only has his or her physical needs satisfied by paying money. At the same time, the person who prostitutes himself or herself works by using his or her body as means of production. In that sense, it is often viewed as a simple business transaction and not as an act of sexual violence. Beyond coerced sexual relations Some scholars, such as the sociologist Chizuko Ueno, argue that “sex and romance are both skills of approaching another person’s body and can be considered one of the skills of interpersonal communication in the broad sense of the word. Since this is a social skill, it should be learned in society.”1 Thus, according to her, sex is not just about sensual stimulation, as people also need to learn how to relate to others, a type of interaction seemingly absent when resorting to paid sexual intercourse. She then argues that “prostitution … is undoubtedly an act of rape that shortens this gradual process of proximity (sexual intercourse without communication) all at once through the medium of money.”2 In addition, and even though some would argue these women “just” sell their body, one needs to consider the implications of the commodification and thus objectification of an integral part of these women’s identity. Apart from the mental and physical trauma that they may suffer as human beings, they are, in fact, seen as objects and are utilized to serve men’s desires. Even if we disagree with Chizuko Ueno’s view that all sexual relations without prior gradual social interaction is rape, her argument prompts us to consider the consequences of such “trade” on the women involved. Indeed, the online discussions which followed the three arrests only focused on the consequences the men would face, but none of them took the opportunity of the online debate to draw attention to sex workers’ possible traumas, and more generally, to the effects of objectification of women’s body. We can only hope that the situation of sex workers’ working conditions will not be further made invisible and that the debate surrounding prostitution will center around its direct consequences on the women involved, and not just on the lawfulness of the practice or the publicization of the clients’ personal information. References / To go further 上野千鹤子. 厌女[M]. 王兰,译. 上海: 上海三联书店,2015: 47. 上野千鹤子. 厌女[M]. 王兰,译. 上海: 上海三联书店,2015: 47.

  • From National Pride to Nostalgia: What Makes Chinese Fashion “Chinese”?

    Provided by VOGUE Runway. 02/01/22 Nostalgia in the work of Contemporary Fashion Designers and Photographers Such artistic creations show how the fashion industry is becoming more and more aware of its cultural

  • From Dongbei ayis to Supreme: A visual history of China's most (in)famous floral pattern

    (For those who are still not sure about what this article is about, the pictures below should suffice Its distinctive and contrasting colors, red and green, don't necessarily conform to contemporary Chinese In more contemporary times, the red and green floral pattern has been a staple of northwestern winter

  • Macau and its contrasts: Visualized by an inhabitant standpoint

    urban transformation in Macau,” The Newsletter 72 (Autumn 2015),

  • From Passenger to Pasajero: When ambiguity in language translates a new eye into Shanghai

    Trained in culinary arts since young age, he formally studied photography at the Instituto Professional

  • Portraits of Shanghai ayis: an immersion in the life of middle-aged women

    In the rapidly modernizing, young, and energetic city of Shanghai, there is a group called ayi (auntie). They are generally 40-60 years old with gray hair and wrinkles as their physical characteristics. Once their children have grown up, and they are no longer active in the job market, the ayi group seems to have “retired” into the background; their sense of existence in society has been somewhat overlooked. So here comes the question: where can you find ayi on the streets of Shanghai? The park? The wet market? The following photos are an observation of the ayi through the lens of Shanghai streets. Some were working in Lawsons or the wet market. Some were strolling or exercising in the park after buying groceries. Some were taking pictures with their besties to post on their WeChat Moments, just like the modern youth. Take a deep dive into the ayis’ lifestyles, their fashion sense, their hobby of taking pictures, and their jobs. Follow the photos and observe the unique lives of Shanghai ayis. Ayis with the squad Middle-aged and elderly Chinese are social creatures: they are often spotted in groups or pairs, engaging in different leisure activities. From chatting on a bench, strolling in the park and babysitting their grandchildren, to enjoying quality time with their besties. After a lifetime of painstaking work and their own daughters and sons probably busy working, hanging out with people who are the same age makes perfect sense for Shanghainese ayis. Online ayis The rapid introduction and spread of mobile technology in China created a generation of tech-savvy ayis that is unparalleled in any other country. From mobile payments to 朋友圈 pengyou quan (WeChat Moments), from TikTok to online shopping, Shanghainese ayis are as connected to the web as younger generations. It is not uncommon to witness some of them snapping selfies with flowers and trees, browsing through their social media timelines, or playing online games. Exercising ayis Another unique characteristic of Chinese middle-aged and elderly women is their habit of exercising outdoors. Unbothered by the fast-changing landscape of big Chinese cities, they are determined to find the perfect spot for square dance, fast-walking and stretching. After all, what would the appeal of Shanghainese public parks be if not the chatty ayis dancing and playing badminton like there is no tomorrow? Working ayis However, not all ayis are born equal. Many of them did not retire at age 55 and still have to work to provide for themselves and their family. Most of them are migrant workers whose pension plan is completely different from the one Shanghainese hukou holders can rely on. These ayis are cooking in restaurants, serving baozi at your local corner shop, selling vegetables at the wet market, or sweeping the streets. Although they are often invisible to wealthier citizens, they are an essential part of Shanghainese life, and we can’t help but appreciate them even more.

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