Performance art was once big in Chengdu and across China, but a ban on performance drove the live art crowd underground. The ban was recently lifted and artists converged on Flower Town to revive the art, Tabitha reports.
In her latest profile of Chengdu artists, Tabitha tries to make sense of Zhou Bin’s extreme performance art and the power of the naked body, while not vomiting or otherwise expelling body fluids all over the place.
Yang Mian is one of Chengdu’s most successful artists. His work explores boundaries between reality and illusion, perspectives and standards – interrogating and challenging concepts we all take for granted. We take a closer look in this essay.