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Empress Cixi's Dowry

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2018

Rgb led display, acrylic painting on relief plexiglass cutout, paper collage, teakwood frame

Unique Work

Dimensions: 102cm (H) x 102cm (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.

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In ancient times, dowry was not only a considerable amount of money to provide a lifetime security for the bride, but it was also the only way for a woman to get a share of the family assets. Some women, however, had nothing to get, but were eager to climb high. A Manchu girl named Yehonala was a daughter of an ordinary official in a family where she could never get what she wanted. She desired more than a mere status of wife, left to dust the family porcelain. At the age of sixteen, she was one of the few young girls chosen to be among the emperor’s concubines. The Forbidden City became a prison to most who managed to enter, but Yehonala used the chance to expand her world. She read and learned everything she could to gain power, but becoming more powerful than the emperor would require a little luck. She was the only one among the emperor’s wives and concubines who was able to have a son for him, securing her own high status for half a century afterwards.

EDITION: Unique
DATE: Made in island6, 2016-2018

More information regarding this piece: https://island6.org/empresscixisdowry

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Artist Profile

Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

Based in: Shanghai

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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