How the Tiananmen Square Protests Forever Changed Chinese Contemporary Artists

Ethan Cohen Gallery would like to thank Kelsey Ables and Artsy for the thoughtful article, "How the Tiananmen Square Protests Forever Changed Chinese Contemporary Artists". "In a 1991 video by artist Zhang Peili, what appears as an ordinary Chinese state news broadcast quickly descends into nonsense as a well-known anchor reads the definitions of the Mandarin word for water. The work, Water: Standard Version from the “Cihai” Dictionary, comments on the Chinese government’s erasure of the Tiananmen Square protests, a “washing away” of history. On June 4, 1989, the Chinese military opened fire on student and civilian protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The students first took to Beijing’

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