3 August 2017

Today I spent the whole morning reading Contemporary Chinese Art, book written by Gladstone P. I found it quite difficult to understand due to the use of sophisticated vocabulary. The book delves deep into the evolution of art form in China, which is inextricably linked to China's political changes. Despite of it being quite hard to understand, it is indeed a useful tool for me to gain insight of the Chinese artists working under the political restrictions at that time. 

During the contextual practice session I exchanged ideas with several partners and they gave me many interesting and useful suggestions. Inspired by my peers, I would next look up Jordan Peterson's speech about boundaries, as well as Wang QingLin's political photographic work.

By far I found the experience of developing my own proposal quite challenging, as it requires me to consider every single aspect of my planning, and be consistent from beginning to end. I found it difficult to concisely explain and summarise my ideas, as I am interested in a very broad theme (freedom of speech in China). I am concerned about collecting historical and political evidence of the project due to the sensitivity of the issue. I would definitely select unbiased, credible and reliable sources as my supporting research.

My ideas start of quite vague, and after I saw the exhibition of Santiago Sierra's work, I was really impressed by his use of military razor wire to create virtual boundaries, as a metaphor for the immigrant crisis. Therefore I decided to use barbed wire to embody China's barrier against freedom of access & of speech. 


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