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Frankenstein’s monster as translation: Articulations of artistic creativity, individuality and freedom of expression
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4368-3097
2016 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, ISSN 2051-7041, Vol. 3, no 1-2, 47-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an interpretation of conceptual artist Qiu Zhen’s photographic work Me and My Bride: Satan’s Wedding No. 5 (2008) within the theoretical framework of Homi K. Bhabha’s Third Space. Because of its hybrid status and the work’s subtle likeness to certain visual elements related with the story of Frankenstein the interpretation is closely connected to that narrative. More specifically, the article uses this particular literary-photographical and cross-cultural panorama to explore artistic creativity, individuality and freedom of expression as articulated in this conceptual and postmodern work that was produced in the wake of preparing for the 2008 Olympic Games. The article further explores how something foreign like Frankenstein may engage with ‘Chineseness’ and how ‘Chineseness’ may be emphasized through the usage of something foreign. Thus this article approaches the concept of ‘Chineseness’ as a wearer of a foreign coat, negotiating the hybrid as a highly performative but softly speaking political product on the Chinese art scene.

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2016. Vol. 3, no 1-2, 47-67 p.
Keyword [en]
Chineseness, Frankenstein, Me and My Bride, Satan’s Wedding No. 5, Qiu Zhen, conceptual photography, contemporary Chinese art, hybridity, interpretation
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Art History
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Asian Languages and Cultures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120920DOI: 10.1386/jcca.3.1-2.47_1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-120920DiVA: diva2:855006
Conference
International Symposium: "Chineseness" in Contemporary Chinese Art Discourse and Practice, Lisbon, Portugal, March 16-19, 2015
Available from: 2015-09-18 Created: 2015-09-18 Last updated: 2016-11-16Bibliographically approved

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