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"Shanghai Twins" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Shanghai Twins" (上海双城)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, one-way glass, teakwood frame
DATE 2010
SIZE 42×42×8 cm | 16.5×16.5×3.1 inches
TECH SPECS 3× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 8 kg | 17.6 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 9.5 kg | 21 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Electric Shanghai"
CREDITS Nathalie Lin 孙茉莉 (performance) • Loo Ching Ling(camera) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)

Like "Hongkou Flashers", "Shanghai Twins" is about the modern Chinese woman's constant battle between her sexuality and identity on one hand and the entrapment of society's perceptions and expectations on the other. This duality of existence takes physical form in local model Nathalie Lin 孙茉莉 who appears in twin image wearing a seductive qipao with a charming traditional sandalwood hand fan. She sways shyly, yet coquettishly, a vision of Oriental allure, and at the same time, a portrayal of hesitation and reserve, seemingly uncertain about her future.
As modern Chinese society evolves, with rapidly increasing rates of literacy and education, Chinese women have found themselves at the cusp of a new era in which they can strive for new roles, new responsibilities and new identities. And yet, as the recent furore over a list circulated on the internet has indicated, in which the "virtues" of the "ideal" modern Chinese woman were detailed as "being presentable enough to be seen in the living room" alongside "being able to afford a nice house and car" and "being sexually attractive enough to stop her man from straying", the perceptions of the role of the 21st Chinese woman are still steeped in confusion and contradiction. Are women to be valued for their enhanced earning powers and greater education as well as her ability to flatteringly complement her man?
The role of the Chinese woman has been quietly evolving throughout time, particularly in the realm of arts and culture. From the first Chinese feminist, the famous courtesan and poet Su Xiaoxiao, who lived in the Southern Qi Dynasty, to the controversial and fiercely strong-minded artists of the present day like Xiao Lu, who notoriously fired a pellet gun at her own sculpture in the National Art Gallery, the journey has been long and fraught with tribulations. However, the question of what space women are meant to occupy in China is far from being completely or satisfactorily answered.
"Shanghai Twins" seeks to capture the essence of this question. As the twin images of the qipao-clad model move in and out of the frame, one is reminded of the struggle many Chinese women faced, and still face, in their quest to assert their identities and find themselves. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]

STATUS Available. Please contact Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery (Bangkok)
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