Diffused Religion and the Origins of Chinese Avant-Garde Art
Sacrificial practices in Chinese folk religion have changed over thousands of years. However, core concepts, objects, and rituals have, for the most part, remained the same. Since the second half of the twentieth century, gods have been absent from the official government position, but folk religious practices and art have continued, filling a social role. Artists in the 1980s and 1990s adopted elements from folk religion, and in doing so they unintentionally defined a collective method that contributed to the growth of the avant-garde. Behind the well-known narrative that these artists responded to their reality with radical work, there is a long, fraught history of folk art in relation to systems of authority. This talk examines sacrifice in folk religion as a point of origin for Chinese avant-garde art, identifying it as a shared resource for artists as they constructed their visual and conceptual languages.
Date & time: 2 March (Tue), 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Language: Mandarin, with English simultaneous interpretation
Event platform: Zoom