Chen Shaoxiong

The last interview with the Chinese artist who sought to strip away the influence of ideology

By Edward Sanderson

Chen Shaoxiong, Ink Diary, 2006, single-channel animated video, sound, 3 min

Chen Shaoxiong was born in Shantou, a small city located in Guangdong province in South China. Shantou holds a special place in the development of the Chinese economy, as it was one of the first Special Economic Zones (SEZ), established in the early 1980s. These SEZ are areas where semifree-market conditions apply, established as part of the policies of the ‘Reform & Opening up’ led by Deng Xiaoping. Although Deng officially retired from political life after 1989, he remained active…

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