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"Comprador Can-Do" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Comprador Can-Do" (万能的买办)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame
EDITION Unique
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2011
SIZE 108.5(W)×108.5(H)×9.5(D) cm | 42.7(W)×42.7(H)×3.75(D) inches
TECH SPECS 4× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
WEIGHT

UNCRATED: 43.8 kg | 96.5 lb • CRATED: 78.54 kg | 173 lb

CRATE SIZE

121(W)×121(H)×25(D) cm | 47.6(W)×47.6H)×10(D) inches

EXPOSURE Exhibited in "Goddamned Shanghai"
CREDITS Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳 (video) • Kostya Stepanuyk (performance) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (video assistant) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Tanguy Laurent (video) • Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙)
BLURB

The comprador is there to make business smooth and easy for his employer. He keeps it all running – from negotiating prices to yelling at suppliers and abusing the coolies, the comprador is the ultimate can-doer. But at moments he wonders, what’s in this for him? Even as he fights the mocking chuckle of fate that tinkles like muted gramophone tunes from a luxurious nightclub he accompanies the European boss to, he knows he will never make it there. Never will he truly be a part of that world of the rich where the Peace Hotel jazz band gets lazy ladies’ moods into the right swing for light-hearted flirts. They don’t fret in there, they don't sweat; because whatever it is, whichever arduous job is required: Comprador can do. [Lelia Pollett & Katharina Droste]

STATUS N/A. Private collection, Milan.
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