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SHI YONG 施勇
b. 1963, works and lives in Shanghai

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SHI YONG 施勇
1996
plexiglass, go-cart, cloth
60(H)*25(W)*100cm
Edition of 3
SYU008

An Art Sample from China

The concept of a suitcase has always been associated with one's private life style, and a transparent suitcase appearing in a public place makes us feel uneasy. What we shall see is a well designed and finely tailored item of clothing considered typically Chinese according to Western ethnocentric views, which can safely become a symbolic sign representing the situation or the identity of Chinese art (the new taxonomy of cultures created under the guise of Western promotion of multiculturalism privileges this symbolic sign). If we were to put this piece of clothing into a transparent suitcase, which we then pushed into the context of an exhibition area on a local luggage cart, acting as if we were entering customs, our actions might seem a bit absurd.  They would, however, be in harmony with the rules and the order of things. This transparent suitcase can logically become a window, which displays the privilege of this Chinese art sample and fully utilizes the symbolic sign. Through this window, one can effectively judge and distinguish the politics and cultural identity of the region, eliminating the possibility of considering the constant flux of the regional culture from another angle. Is this an effective interchange with the marginal culture as guaranteed by Western multiculturalism?


                                                                         1996. 8  Shanghai      Shi Yong

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An art sample from China , Shi Yong TEXT Aug,1996



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