A Cultural Revolution

A portfolio of significant works from China's contemporary-art boom
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HERE? OR THERE? No. 1, 2003,
Digital photograph edition of 10, 45 x 55 in

Lin Tianmiao (born 1961), like Ai Weiwei, lived in New York for many years. After she returned to Beijing in 1995, she and her husband, the video artist Wang Gongxin, exhibited mixed-media installations in their home at a time when the public display of such work was not sanctioned. Over the next decade, she refined her technique with her signature material—laboriously worked natural and man-made threads—reaching a high point with the series of phantasmagorical costumes she created for the video and mixed-media installation Here? Or There?, co-produced with Wang and featuring otherworldly figures moving through diverse landscapes.
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