This article examines the time-based artworks involving peasants as participants, coworkers, and fellow artists that were created by Chinese artists during the first decade of the millennium. These works bring into relief China’s postsocialist reality and socialist legacy, offering a unique perspective on the politics of time in global contemporary art.
The “Peasant Problem” and Time in Contemporary Chinese Art
Gu Yi is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art at University of Toronto, Scarborough. She recently finished a book manuscript on the ocular turn in modern Chinese art, and her current research focuses on Cold War visuality and cultural exchanges within the socialist bloc.
Gu Yi; The “Peasant Problem” and Time in Contemporary Chinese Art. Representations 1 November 2016; 136 (1): 54–76. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2016.136.1.54
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