Gender and Performativity in Xing Danwen’s East Village

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This article contextualises Xing Danwen’s role in creating the posed photography of Ma Liuming from 1993 to 1995, the canon of East Village performance art in China, and how this experience prompted her to reflect on gender issues in later works. I compare similar shots of performance work by Rong Rong and Xing Danwen and discuss the role of a gendered power structure in the making of a performance art canon. These images have been received as documentations, yet it was through dialogue with the camera and two genders that Ma and Xing developed their unique paths to performance art and conceptual photography in the 1990s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-410
Number of pages22
JournalThird Text
Issue number3
Early online date12 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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  • Chinese woman artist
  • East Village Beijing
  • Ma Liuming
  • Xing Danwen
  • Yu-Chieh Li
  • gender
  • performance
  • posed photography


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