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Statue of Liberty II, performance at times square, photography from a video document (2013)

Statue of Liberty II, performance at times square, photography from a video document (2013)

I, as a female artist from China. My art is all about self-identification, but my artwork is never about me. I utilize my person as a mark to allow others to recognize their own form of life: I become their medium. I am always very clear about that. In this piece, I hold a big sign says "I'm a Chinese citizen. $10 for take a photo with me"! My original vision "Statue of Liberty" shifted: I didn't wear any costume; instead I just being myself and stand in the times square; at the same time, I stand nearby the fake costumed statue of liberty.

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Statue of Liberty, photography from a video documentary, (2013)

Statue of Liberty, photography from a video documentary, (2013)

We, as twenty first century generation, have no choice – we need to be confidence, and as the fastest speed as we can to catch the new industrial revolution and new technology. We can’t wait creating the mass productions and want everything in the fast roll. Yet what is the result, what’s the intention to live life in this way? The whole country of the United States seems like so peaceful, but are we really happy as we seem to be? Our natural environment got destroyed; the pure religion got destroyed; we start judging everything by money……I made a costume by fake printing 100USD and letters "YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME". I wore this costume standing in front of the fake costumed statue of liberty. There are other people who wore cartoon characters' costumes. These characters becoming a surreal world in reality. They are wearing the costumes and make visitors take photo with them, and one picture charged $10. In this piece, I'm questioning what is reality? What is liberty? Can you pay $10 to get a photo of liberty?

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$10 FOR TAKE A PHOTO WITH ME

$10 FOR TAKE A PHOTO WITH ME

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YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan Desert, China), photography of performance in different locations, 20 x 36 in. (2013)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan Desert, China), photography of performance in different locations, 20 x 36 in. (2013)

Personal becomes political. What I am doing, and when I am doing, become a political theme. As the patriarchal society in China, I choose the famous and strange places to take a photo of myself jumping in the air, and do the same pose like the sculpture I discover. I want to make something ironic to question the reality: what is right? Why do I do something just like other people expect me of doing? What is the reality? Is that my sculpture or the person jumping in the air?

These ironic performances isolate myself as a female in China within extreme natural landscapes, such as the Yinchuan desert and the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum. My practice deals with issues of identity, politics, cross-culturalism, and the surrealistic characteristics of my body in the ever - changing environment.

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhangbei, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhangbei, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Qilian Mountain, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Qilian Mountain, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Beijing, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Beijing, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan desert, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan desert, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhang Jia Kou, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhang Jia Kou, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the source of the Yellow River, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the source of the Yellow River, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Neimenggu, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Neimenggu, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Shanbei, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Shanbei, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

OH MY BEAUTIFUL WORLD, plastic installation, mixed media, 30 x 15 x 25 feet. (2013)

OH MY BEAUTIFUL WORLD, plastic installation, mixed media, 30 x 15 x 25 feet. (2013)

Photos are taken from the installation view.

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Is this love, mixed media installation, 36 x 72 in. (2013)

Is this love, mixed media installation, 36 x 72 in. (2013)

Self Portrait, plastic bag, mirror paper, fake grass, tree skin, 18 x 56 in. (2013)

Self Portrait, plastic bag, mirror paper, fake grass, tree skin, 18 x 56 in. (2013)

Statue of Liberty II, performance at times square, photography from a video document (2013)

I, as a female artist from China. My art is all about self-identification, but my artwork is never about me. I utilize my person as a mark to allow others to recognize their own form of life: I become their medium. I am always very clear about that. In this piece, I hold a big sign says "I'm a Chinese citizen. $10 for take a photo with me"! My original vision "Statue of Liberty" shifted: I didn't wear any costume; instead I just being myself and stand in the times square; at the same time, I stand nearby the fake costumed statue of liberty.

Statue of Liberty, photography from a video documentary, (2013)

We, as twenty first century generation, have no choice – we need to be confidence, and as the fastest speed as we can to catch the new industrial revolution and new technology. We can’t wait creating the mass productions and want everything in the fast roll. Yet what is the result, what’s the intention to live life in this way? The whole country of the United States seems like so peaceful, but are we really happy as we seem to be? Our natural environment got destroyed; the pure religion got destroyed; we start judging everything by money……I made a costume by fake printing 100USD and letters "YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME". I wore this costume standing in front of the fake costumed statue of liberty. There are other people who wore cartoon characters' costumes. These characters becoming a surreal world in reality. They are wearing the costumes and make visitors take photo with them, and one picture charged $10. In this piece, I'm questioning what is reality? What is liberty? Can you pay $10 to get a photo of liberty?

$10 FOR TAKE A PHOTO WITH ME

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan Desert, China), photography of performance in different locations, 20 x 36 in. (2013)

Personal becomes political. What I am doing, and when I am doing, become a political theme. As the patriarchal society in China, I choose the famous and strange places to take a photo of myself jumping in the air, and do the same pose like the sculpture I discover. I want to make something ironic to question the reality: what is right? Why do I do something just like other people expect me of doing? What is the reality? Is that my sculpture or the person jumping in the air?

These ironic performances isolate myself as a female in China within extreme natural landscapes, such as the Yinchuan desert and the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum. My practice deals with issues of identity, politics, cross-culturalism, and the surrealistic characteristics of my body in the ever - changing environment.

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhangbei, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Qilian Mountain, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Beijing, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan desert, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhang Jia Kou, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the source of the Yellow River, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Neimenggu, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Shanbei, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)

OH MY BEAUTIFUL WORLD, plastic installation, mixed media, 30 x 15 x 25 feet. (2013)

Photos are taken from the installation view.

Is this love, mixed media installation, 36 x 72 in. (2013)

Self Portrait, plastic bag, mirror paper, fake grass, tree skin, 18 x 56 in. (2013)

Statue of Liberty II, performance at times square, photography from a video document (2013)
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Statue of Liberty, photography from a video documentary, (2013)
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$10 FOR TAKE A PHOTO WITH ME
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YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan Desert, China), photography of performance in different locations, 20 x 36 in. (2013)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhangbei, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Qilian Mountain, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Beijing, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan desert, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Zhang Jia Kou, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Yinchuan, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in the source of the Yellow River, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Neimenggu, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Shanbei, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)
YOU CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ME (in Gan Su, China)
OH MY BEAUTIFUL WORLD, plastic installation, mixed media, 30 x 15 x 25 feet. (2013)
DSC_2900_500.jpg
DSC_2911_500.jpg
DSC_2907_500.jpg
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Is this love, mixed media installation, 36 x 72 in. (2013)
Self Portrait, plastic bag, mirror paper, fake grass, tree skin, 18 x 56 in. (2013)