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"Qi Pao Rising" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Qi Pao Rising" (旗袍的崛起)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2010
SIZE 108×108×9 cm | 42.5×42.5×3.5 inches
TECH SPECS 6× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 43 kg | 95 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 27.5 kg | 61 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Plugged In"
CREDITS Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Wang Dongma 王东马 (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (art direction) • Tony Argueta (post-production) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)

In "Qi Pao Rising", the art collective Liu Dao portray the role of Chinese women as a construction that rises like the economy and cityscapes of their nation. A papercut of an empowering female dress is attached to an LED animation of gently shifting reds and oranges that shine like shifting values and traditions which are developing for the advancement of womankind.
In true Liu Dao fashion, "Qi Pao Rising" is dreamlike in its ambiguity of period. The use of age-old papercutting harks back to the Tang Dynasty when Empress Wu Zetian ruled, the only female emperor in Chinese history, in an era when many great women took part in the arts and in politics. But the style of the depicted qi pao is one of the glamorous 1920s, when the Manchurian dresses of the Qing Dynasty–which hid all feminine features by law–were replaced in a blink. The baggy qi paos of yesteryear shrank and tightened around the waists and curves of Beijing’s actresses, singers and socialites in that decade, swiftly and sexily, and the modern qi pao was born. Chinese women were erected like monuments, sleek and defined and brilliant with patterns of silk, gold, buttons, and lace.
China is known for the beauty of its history. The Liu Dao collective portray a revival of Empress Wu’s spirit now glimmering among the buildings of Shanghai in our time, when many Chinese women walk the streets with pride, educated, intellectual, musical and wise all at once. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]

STATUS Available. Please contact Tally Beck Contemporary(New York)
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