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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglas, paper collage, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 102.0cm(H) x 102.0cm(W) x 5.5cm(D) / 40.2"(H) x 40.2"(W) x 2.2"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The body-hugging traditional Chinese women’s garment called cheongsam (长衫) or qipao (旗袍) seems traditional today, but it was in fact a social statement on modernity a century ago. This long dress originates from a Manchu male long garment at a time when women, ironically, wore trousers and jacket. Along with the ending of the Qing dynasty, however, modernist movements called for the liberalization of social roles, acting against gender segregation, bound feet and long hair. Cheongsam was created in the 1920s and was soon popularized by singers and actresses for it was masculine and, at the same time, feminine, wild and brave. One of the icons of the era was Lu Xiaoman (陆小曼). She was a painter, writer, singer, and actor who studied in Europe and spoke fluent English and French. She married and divorced once before getting remarried to the modernist poet Xu Zhimo (徐志摩). It was scandalous. Yet, this piece of fine dress expresses everything like-minded women of the era stood for: the ideal of an independent and educated woman not bound by any social tradition.
DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2017
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island6 六岛 (Liu Dao) is a Shanghai-based collective of tech-geeks and creative talents whose driving force is collaboration. Since its inception in 2006, this dynamic international group has produced multimedia art that muses on the relationship between the delicate qualities of traditional art and the technical complexities of the contemporary. Artists from diverse disciplines converge to contemplate the past, present, and future of China through their humorous and innovative new media work. Their unique collaborative philosophy explores the cultural potential of the convergence of art, technology, and science in their quest to promote cross-cultural dialogue. Liu Dao's ever expanding repertoire includes works in diverse mediums such as LED art, video art, interactive art, neon, photography, painting, sculpture, and dynamic laser art, among others.
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