Throughout all the changes in the last 40 years, what are some remaining cultural taboos in Chinese culture, and how do artists in the book respond to/engage with them?
The cultural taboos do not remain; they evolve. They evolve from time to time, so does art practice, through imaginations, as responses or actions to challenge.
How do contemporary artists in the book respond to China’s duality (a place of ancient traditions versus being a global technology powerhouse in the 21st century)?
In my recent project Everyday Legend supported by Leverhulme Trust (2016-18), we developed a research looking into how artists have been translating, challenging and reinventing the cultural and visual traditions. For example, some traditional materials of craftsmanship – such as jade and silk – and skills and techniques are reborn through contemporary practices, whilst the associated connotations and concepts have been further extended into the 21st century. However, artists do not necessarily see that duality as such. Past stays in the past, and present is the present. There is always a gap between them, and this is where art grows, claiming its ambiguous independence.