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Chen Xiaoyun

We Are All Cowards Confronting a Real Diagonal, 2012

Photograph
57 × 71 in
144.8 × 180.3 cm
Edition of 8
This is part of a limited edition set.
Location
Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore
About the work
Chen Xiaoyun
Chinese, b. 1971
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Chen Xiaoyun grapples with China’s tumultuous recent history and breakneck modernization. A photographer and video artist, Chen stages quotidian scenes that contain an element of strangeness, resulting in images that straddle the mundane and the existential. Nighttime scenes of ambiguity—like shots of submissive, naked men wrestling with branches or otherwise looking anguished—lend much of Chen’s work a disturbing quality, while others have an element of absurdity, like Merry Christmas (2006), which portrays a man dressed as Santa Claus lurking on a dark street corner. Others are more politically charged, commenting on life under the influence of hegemonic America or equating historical tyrants’ abuse of their people to exploitative sex.

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About the work
Chen Xiaoyun
Chinese, b. 1971
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Chen Xiaoyun grapples with China’s tumultuous recent history and breakneck modernization. A photographer and video artist, Chen stages quotidian scenes that contain an element of strangeness, resulting in images that straddle the mundane and the existential. Nighttime scenes of ambiguity—like shots of submissive, naked men wrestling with branches or otherwise looking anguished—lend much of Chen’s work a disturbing quality, while others have an element of absurdity, like Merry Christmas (2006), which portrays a man dressed as Santa Claus lurking on a dark street corner. Others are more politically charged, commenting on life under the influence of hegemonic America or equating historical tyrants’ abuse of their people to exploitative sex.

Chen Xiaoyun

We Are All Cowards Confronting a Real Diagonal, 2012

Photograph
57 × 71 in
144.8 × 180.3 cm
Edition of 8
This is part of a limited edition set.
Location
Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore
Other works by Chen Xiaoyun