Menu
The New Contemporary Art Magazine

The Gao Brothers and their Headless Mao

Government-run censorship certainly isn't anything new in China.. Some, such as Google, would rather pull their investments out of the country than work around it, easy for them. For others, such as artists and brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, leaving their homeland isn't so easy; after all, that's where the fight is.

In the world of China's underground art shows, gallery addresses are made public only hours before a show's opening, and only via word of mouth and coded text messages. The Chinese government is quick to shut down an art event if the content isn't in tune with the current political agenda, as the Gao Brothers discovered firsthand in 2007. A solution to the oppression of free speech? How about a headless Mao? Cast in bronze and life-size, the Gao brother's latest, and probably last, depiction of the Great Leader features a detachable head to be kept off site. Convenient, portable, and easily removable, three prerequisites for two artists who'd rather not lose their own heads. Check out more photos of the brother's works here.

Government-run censorship certainly isn’t anything new in China.. Some, such as Google, would rather pull their investments out of the country than work around it, easy for them. For others, such as artists and brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang, leaving their homeland isn’t so easy; after all, that’s where the fight is.

In the world of China’s underground art shows, gallery addresses are made public only hours before a show’s opening, and only via word of mouth and coded text messages. The Chinese government is quick to shut down an art event if the content isn’t in tune with the current political agenda, as the Gao Brothers discovered firsthand in 2007. A solution to the oppression of free speech? How about a headless Mao? Cast in bronze and life-size, the Gao brother’s latest, and probably last, depiction of the Great Leader features a detachable head to be kept off-site. Convenient, portable, and easily removable, three prerequisites for two artists who’d rather not lose their own heads.

via Beautiful/Decay

Meta
Topics
Share
Facebook
Reddit
Pinterest
Email
Related Articles
Illustrator-turned-fine artist Janice Sung’s figures seem at home amidst natural settings, whether in a lily pad pond or a garden, floating like a near-translucent milk specters. Her recent gallery showing at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, the first using physical media by the artist. We asked the artist a few questions about her new body of work and about transitioning from digital to physical media. Click the above already and read the hifructose.com exclusive interview.
Hi-Fructose writer Zara Kand visits Coleccion SOLO in Spain for their latest Handle With Care exhibition. Click above to see the full report.
As a tribute to this “most wonderful time of the year” artists Lauren YS and Makoto Chi have created twenty-eight works (and a mural) for their new “Five Poisons” exhibition. We’ve interviewed the artists about the work. Click image above to read it, or else.
With a mix of dark humor and an impressive skill at creating inviting, yet dangerous worlds, the artist known as Bub has caught our eye. Click above to read our new interview with the artist and his new body of work, before it's too late.

Subscribe to the Hi-Fructose Mailing List